Man Confronts News Crew Over Tropical Storm Ida Coverage During Live Report

An NBC News crew was accosted by a man during a report on Tropical Storm Ida in Mississippi.

Correspondent Shaquille Brewster was broadcasting live from Gulfport, Mississippi, when the incident occurred.

"The rain has stopped, the wind is still going," Brewster said as a white pickup truck appeared behind him. A man then jumped out of the vehicle and began making his way toward the news crew.

Brewster turned away from the man when he approached and attempted to continue the live report, briefly discussing the curfew that is still in effect in the area until officials can survey the damage. But the man continued to yell in the background.

"I'm going to toss it back to you because we have a person who needs a little help right now," Brewster told anchor Craig Melvin before the feed was cut. Melvin said the network was going to check in with Brewster and make sure everything was OK.

"There's a lot of crazy out there," Melvin said, "lot of crazy."

Melvin provided an update moments later in the broadcast, stating that Brewster was fine after a "wacky guy" disrupted his report.

Brewster also tweeted, "Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!"

Things got very hairy for NBC News reporter Shaquille Brewster during a live Hurricane Ida report from Gulfport, MS.

Some guy jumps out of a pickup truck and angrily confronts Brewster's crew, prompting a shaken Craig Melvin to express extreme concern for his colleague. pic.twitter.com/v1tYnUsqTj

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 30, 2021

Newsweek reached out to NBC for comment on the confrontation, but didn't receive a response before publication.

Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds and heavy rainfall, prompting severe damage and flooding.

Ida weakened on Monday, becoming a tropical storm as it moved through Mississippi. Downed trees and power lines have been reported throughout the state, and as of Monday afternoon more than 100,000 residents were without power—according to the online tracker PowerOutage.Us.

Flash flood warnings were also in effect on Monday morning in parts of the Mississippi.

"Some flash flooding may be significant with an additional 4-8" of rain falling in far southeastern Louisiana, much of Mississippi, and southern Alabama," the National Weather Service tweeted on Monday morning.

The state's Emergency Management Agency tweeted on Monday that "the threat to Mississippi is far from over" as it warned of dangerous storm surges, damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

"Hunker down today if you don't have to be on the roads. Flash flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible," the agency advised.

Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm's arrival, which authorized the use of state resources and mobilization of personnel to respond to the storm.

"As eye of #Ida hits central MS know we are 18-22 hours from it departing our state - stay diligent," Reeves tweeted on Monday afternoon. "Tornado threat remains for Coast. Heavy rainfall up to 8". Downed trees across roadways in SW MS. Downed power lines with 130,000+ without power. Stay aware! Be safe! God bless!"

Man Confronts News Crew Over Hurricane Coverage
An NBC News crew was accosted by a man during a report on tropical storm Ida in Mississippi. In this photo, two men help a stranded motorist in floodwaters on Beach Blvd. on August 30 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Sean Rayford/Getty Images