- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2015

NBC weatherman Al Roker faced backlash Sunday after he tweeted a photo of himself grinning amid the destruction caused by severe flooding in South Carolina.

Mr. Roker tweeted the photo of him and his colleagues posing in front of a vehicle destroyed by a collapsed highway, Mediaite reported.

“My crew and I getting ready to report on East Coast flooding from S. Carolina on @NBCNightlyNews with Kate Snow,” the now-deleted tweet read.

Mr. Roker later apologized for the “insensitive” tweet.

“Absolutely correct,” he wrote. “I apologize for being insensitive. The woman in that car got out without injury. We Should not have been in the picture.”

“We came down to report and I offended those who lost so much. I am sorry,” he added.

In subsequent tweets, Mr. Roker said he was mad at himself for making such a “dumb” and “boneheaded” mistake.

“I should know better,” he wrote. “Got caught up in a moment of camaraderie without thinking about surroundings. It’s my mistake.”

Nine people, including a state transportation employee, are known dead in South Carolina since Friday due to weather-related incidents, CNN reported. Five drowned after trying to drive through floodwaters. Four others died in traffic accidents, the report said.

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