As people in the area are clinging to hope and prayer, it beggars belief that some in the state have decided not to evacuate. Instead, they seem intent on risking their lives, not only defying Irma, but some seem to be inviting additional risk, reports Bredenton.
Media sites are interviewing certain residents who have refused to leave. In a live-television interview on CBS4, a reporter asks a man and young boy why they aren’t evacuating. The man begins to answer, but he’s interrupted by the boy.
The young man describes his family’s reasoning for not evacuating, stating with some alacrity: “We are savages.”
“why aren’t u evacuating?”
“we’re savages” 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/ifFUH2wCAM
— ifs (@somalijawn) September 9, 2017
Other examples include a Miami man who told an NBC news anchor on live television that he planed to tie himself to to a post to face Irma.
“Excuse me, sir, why are you out here,” the anchor asks the shirtless man.
“I’m testing this out. I’m actually doing a stunt. It sounds crazy, but there’s a meaning behind it. I’m tying myself to a post down on Meridian for the duration of the hurricane. It’s all planned out with safety precautions and everything.”
Don’t do this pic.twitter.com/fnMrAKcJxB
— Billy Gil (@billygil) September 9, 2017
Another Floridian, identified as Greg, told CBS 12 he really wanted to take advantage of a kite-surfing opportunity presented by the storm, then gave them a show.
Watch as Greg, a kite surfer, takes on some choppy water in Delray Beach. Watch until the end! pic.twitter.com/bPTFt8MrUp
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) September 9, 2017
Then there’ the story of a man wearing a snorkeling mask who plans to “ride out Hurricane Irma in a store front on Duval Street,” according to the Miami Herald.
— David Ovalle (@DavidOvalle305) September 9, 2017
On a serious note, the Pasco Sheriff’s office had to issue a warning on Twitter Saturday night to residents, telling them not to shoot weapons at Hurricane Irma after a Facebook event titled “Shoot at Hurricane Irma” recieved over 80,000 people expressing interest in it.
The sheriff’s office tweeted: “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”
They included a graphic showing the bullets may come back to punctuate their warning.
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017
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