Hurricane

Jim Cantore just got off a plane in Gulfport, says he’ll be here a few days. ‘Oh, no!’

Weather Channel correspondent Jim Cantore does a live television broadcast from the beach in Biloxi August 27, 2005, two days before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.
Weather Channel correspondent Jim Cantore does a live television broadcast from the beach in Biloxi August 27, 2005, two days before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Jim Cantore has just landed in Gulfport, a fellow passenger reports.

Gulfport attorney Jim Simpson said he boarded a plane in Atlanta to head home Thursday afternoon and Cantore was on it. The plane has now landed at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Cantore attracted quite the crowd after he disembarked, Simpson said.

“It’s funny,” he said. “Everybody looked at him and said, ‘Oh no, not you.’

“He just got off. He said he was going to be here on the Coast for a few days.”

Simpson said he had the same reaction when he first saw Cantore on the plane.

“When I was getting on, he was sitting there and he was in the row in front of me,” he said. “I looked at him for a second because I recognized him. I just said, ‘Oh no.’ ”

But, Simpson said, Cantore is a “real nice guy.” And quite the celebrity, especially in hurricane country.

Most everyone respects the Weather Channel’s hurricane and tropical storm mainstay, but nobody likes to see him show up in their town before a storm.

Simpson broke the bad news in a Facebook post while on the plane.

There’s even a Facebook page to track the weatherman’s whereabouts.

Cantore is certainly no stranger to the Coast. He hunkered down at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport for Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Cantore’s not giving away his location. Maybe he’ll rent a car and head for Louisiana. At this point, it’s hard to say where Tropical Storm Nate will land.

But Cantore’s been tweeting away with updates. He tweeted during the time Simpson said their flight was in progress.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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