News reporter uses condom to protect microphone from Hurricane Ian

A Florida reporter left viewers confused as they noticed a condom was on a microphone during a live broadcast.

Hurricane Ian flooded communities and left 2.4 million homes and businesses in the state without power when it made landfall on Wednesday (September 28) reaching wind speeds of up to 241km/h (150mph).

Kyla Galer from NBC2 was covering the news about extreme weather conditions hitting the state and gave an update from a car park in Fort Myers.

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It didn't take long for eagle-eyed viewers to spot how the microphone was enclosed in the rubber, not exactly an everyday sight on a news channel.

Given the attention the added mic accessory received, Galer took to Instagram to explain the reason there was a condom covering her microphone - and it has to do with the conditions she was reporting in.

"A lot of people are asking what is on my microphone,” she said.

“It is what you think it is. It’s a condom. It helps protect the gear. You can’t get these mics wet. There’s a lot of wind and a lot of rain, so we gotta do what we gotta do and that is put a condom on the microphone."

It appears Galer is not alone in using this unusual mic protection method as her ABC7 colleague Jeff Butera posted a photo of his condom-covered mic.


“Yes, it’s a condom,” he said.

"Nothing better to waterproof a microphone. My Waterman Broadcasting colleague @kylagaler has been fielding lots of questions, haha. Moment of levity in this nasty storm…#HurricaneIan," he added.

Who knew condoms could be so useful?

Elsewhere, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said he is "thankful" for Biden's help during this state of emergency.

"We all need to work together regardless of party lines, the Biden administration has approved our request for a pre-landfall declaration and did that very quickly so we're thankful for that."

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