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Saturday 25th November 2017

‘Today’ Meteorologist Shares Fears Of Covering Life-Threatening Story

It was a frank admission.

Dylan Dreyer admitted on the Today show that she was scared while she was on location last week reporting on Hurricane Irma from Florida.

The 36-year-old mom of one confessed to her cohosts Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones that she was nervous while covering the life-threatening storm, which – as of Wednesday evening – has left 30 people dead across three states.

But it was a sweet text message from her husband back home in New York that gave her the courage to carry on.

Dylan Dreyer admitted she was scared to cover Hurricane Irma during a discussion with her colleague Al Roker on the Today show on Wednesday. (Credit: Today)

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“I’m gonna be honest. As a meteorologist I understand the situation,” she told her colleagues on Sept. 13.

“I'm not a storm chaser of tornadoes. I understand that that is out of my comfort zone and I'm not going to chase a storm because I know the danger of it.

“Going into, at the time a Category 5 hurricane, even if it weakened to a Category 4, I really didn't know what to expect with 150-mile-per-hour winds.

“Are we staying in a hotel safe enough? I had visions of putting my mattress up against the window…”

Dylan shared a selfie on Instagram of the virtually empty flight to West Palm Beach ahead of Hurricane Irma. (Credit: Instagram/@dylandreyernbc)

At that point Dylan said she reached out to her husband Brian Fichera, an NBC Nightly News cameraman, with whom she has a nearly 9-month-old son.

She said: “So I texted Brian and I said, ‘I’m scared. I’m actually kind of scared for this.

“’I know I’m with a good crew. I know I’m with a good team of people and we’re going to keep each other safe.’

“So I sent him this and I said, ‘I've got a lot back home. With [our son] Calvin now I do get nervous being out on the road.’”

Dylan shared the text message exchange she had with her husband Brian Fichera while she was on location. (Credit: Today)

Dylan then shared a screen grab of the text message exchange between them.

She said: “And his response was, ‘You know you’re smart. You’re athletic. I believe in you 100 percent.’

“And then he goes on, ‘If you can give birth, you can handle anything.’

“So it just kind of gave me that boost I needed. I knew I had my heart at home and we ended up being very, very safe.”

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Always one to lighten the mood, Al then made his colleagues giggle by adding: “Not to take anything away but he sent me that same message.”

Dylan and Brian with their baby boy Calvin. (Credit: Instagram/@dylandreyernbc)