Some 46,000 people signed up for a Facebook “event” that’s titled, “Shoot At Hurricane Irma,” and the host said it started out as a joke.
“YO SO THIS GOOFY LOOKING WINDY [expletive] NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST,” the description reads.
Most of the comments posted to the Facebook group appear to be jokes and memes.
“Is it bad that someone is probably going to be dumb enough to shoot the hurricane,” one person wrote in the group. A person replied to the post, “How is it bad? this [expletive] needs to die.”
Host Ryon Edwards said that it was started as a joke but ballooned to 46,000 people being “interested” in the event.
He told the Metro: “I started it out of boredom and a little anxiety about the storm. I figured a good laugh at the situation is better than rolling up into a ball and crying about it. And while the event is very sarcastic in nature, you never know in this state.”
“It’s unlikely that—considering that aiming in 100+ mph winds would be a serious feat—very few, if any people could pull off,” he added.
(Screenshot/ Shoot At Hurricane Irma Facebook group)
“Reports have confirmed that Hurricane Irma is only a category 4 now due to the heroic actions of so many people shooting at it from all those islands it’s eating. Stay frosty, my friends. #holdtheline #Irmagerd #Irmageddon #woke,” another person wrote.
Added another, “She’s getting scared everyone, finna pull up on Tampa instead let’s keep it up.”
Hurricane Irma slammed Cuba and the Bahamas as it went toward Florida on Friday. This week, the storm hit the eastern Caribbean with Category 5 winds, killing 21 people and leaving severe destruction in its wake, Reuters reported.
Irma is expected to hit Florida on Sunday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Governor Rick Scott starkly told residents to get out if they were in evacuation zones.
“We are running out of time. If you are in an evacuation zone, you need to go now. This is a catastrophic storm like our state has never seen,” Scott told reporters, Reuters reported.