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Weatherman Jim Cantore wards off on-air ambush

Meteorologist Jim Cantore has had to report on air while enduring some pretty extreme conditions. But during a broadcast from South Carolina’s College of Charleston on Tuesday night the weatherman was faced with an entirely different adversary when a young man ran up to him in the middle of a live broadcast.

Faced with an enthusiastic assailant who was letting out a lighthearted battle cry, Cantore didn't miss a beat, sticking out his knee and warding off the would-be ambusher.

Cantore was reporting for The Weather Channel on the rare winter storm which has caused chaos across a large part of the Deep South.

"Obviously, here at the College of Charleston, they are already having a good time," Cantore said, slightly perturbed but none the worse for wear.

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