Florida Sheriff Tells People To Stop Shooting Hurricane Irma
More Than 27,000 People Posted They Were Attending “Shoot At Hurricane Irma” Facebook Event
A Florida sheriff asked people to not shoot weapons at Hurricane Irma in response to a Facebook page that had gone viral.
The Facebook event “Shoot at Hurricane Irma” was scheduled for 10 AM Sept. 10. It has 27,000 people listed as “going” and another 54,000 as “interested.”
Ryon Edwards, who hosted the “Shoot at Hurricane Irma” page, posted that it was “sarcasm” but realized not everyone picked up on that.
“Well guys, it’s here,” Edwards posted at about 9:30 AM Sunday. “The moment we’ve been waiting for. It was cool to see the response this got from Facebook. On another note, I’ve learned that about 50% of the world could not understand sarcasm to save their lives. Carry on.”
At about 10 PM Saturday, the Pasco County Sheriff had posted on Twitter warning people not to shoot at the hurricane.
“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects” the sheriff’s office wrote.
Pasco County is about 12 miles north of Tampa on the west coast of Florida.
Chris Clark joked about the sheriff’s warning on the Hurricane Irma Facebook page.
“What kind of pro-ISIS stance is that sheriff taking?” Clark posted. “F U, hippie”
“I shot the s*** out of it,” a Sam Duncan posted on the page. “Felt good man.”
Hurricane Irma hit the Florida coast at about 9 AM Sunday, causing about 2 million people to lose power as of Sunday afternoon across South Florida, the Washington Post reported.
Hurricane Irma arrived in Florida as a Category 4 storm with hurricane-force winds and storm surge flooding.
The newspaper reported that experts feel this storm will go down as the worst in the state’s history. The Labor Day hurricane in 1935 is considered the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. based on barometric pressure. The Labor Day hurricane hit Florida and killed 423 people.
Hurricane Irma comes right after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
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