With Hurricane Irma beginning to batter Florida, many residents there are hunkering down to prepare for the worst. Although the storm is serious, that hasn’t stopped some Floridians from having a sense of humor in the face of danger.
In fact, nearly 60,000 people have joined a campaign to point their fans at Irma in an attempt to push it back out into the ocean.
Surprisingly, that’s not the craziest scheme residents have drawn up to defeat the storm. In a similar campaign, thousands have also signed on to shoot their guns at Irma as it approaches. However, a Florida sheriff is warning residents this is a bad idea. No, really?
From the Hill:
A Florida sheriff is warning citizens not to shoot guns at Hurricane Irma as the monster storm approaches Florida.
“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma,” the Pasco County, Fla. sheriff tweeted. “You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017
The sheriff was responding to a viral Facebook event that jokingly encouraged people to shoot guns at the hurricane. More than 26,000 people have marked themselves as “attending” the event.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence also issued a warning to followers to not shoot guns at the storm.
As of early Sunday, the Facebook event had 27,000 people “attending”, while 54,000 were “interested”. According to the event’s creator, he didn’t expect it to become a huge story:
One of the creators of the event, Ryon Edwards, told Yahoo News that he created the event out of “stress and boredom.”
“I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control,” Edwards said.
While it’s unlikely that anybody was taking the plan seriously, officials in Florida weren’t taking any chances. While clearly an unsafe plan, at least those in the hurricane’s path still have a sense of humor.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]