Al Roker got pummeled by Ida — and then by some critics.
The 67-year-old veteran TV meteorologist made a brief appearance from New Orleans in a full-body wet suit on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday — and was immediately smacked by waves from Lake Pontchartrain as Hurricane Ida bore down on the region.
“I guess we lost communication,” Roker sputtered at one point to host Chuck Todd, while crushing waves alternately engulfed him and receded back into the water.
“It’s basically a 15-mile-wide F3 tornado,” the wind- and water-lashed weatherman said, referring to the size and strength of the storm.
The clip quickly went viral, with concerned critics asking why someone of Roker’s age would risk life and limb to share information he could get from the National Weather Service without leaving the house.
“Al roker is 67 lmao nbc doing him dirty,” Twitter user @iam_johnw2 posted.
@Rizaebellepow wrote, “It’s 2021. I don’t need to see Al Roker risking his life and his crew’s lives to show me a hurricane. It can be reported on without standing outside in the middle of it.”
Roker later appeared on MSNBC to assure viewers he was not in harm’s way — and offer some choice words to those who said he was too old to be out in the storm at all.
“Some people are like, ‘He’s too old to be doing this.’ Hey, guess what, screw you! Try to keep up!” Roker said.
“I volunteered to come out here. This is what I do. I’ve done this for 40 years.”
“These young punks, I will come after them,” he joked. “I will drop them like a bag of dirt.”
Roker also tweeted video of himself emptying water from his boots at his hotel.
“I brought back a little bit of Lake Pontchartrain with me,” he says in the video.