- Eric Webb American-Statesman Staff
This is where storm prep and “stand your ground” meet in the middle.
Fresh off the heels of the deadly, devastating Hurricane Harvey, which cut a path of flooding and destruction across southeast Texas, a new weather event is already brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma made its first landfall Wednesday in the northeast Caribbean as a Category 5 storm. The hurricane could hit Florida this week, and an evacuation order is already in place for the Florida Keys.
There’s nothing that humans can do to stop a hurricane in its tracks. But the creators of a Facebook event in Florida would like to try the Second Amendment.
As of Wednesday morning, 8,000 people marked themselves as “Going” to the event “Shoot At Hurricane Irma,” currently scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday. That’s the day the storm is expected to hit the Florida Keys. An additional 16,000 people had marked themselves as “Interested” in the event.
“YO SO THIS GOOFY 🙄🙄LOOKING WINDY HEADASS NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US🤔🤔🤔, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST 😤😤😤,” the event description reads.
The discussion posts on the event page are exactly what one would hope they would be.
“Isn't this just going to make the weather madder?” one commenter asked. “I'm ready. I stopped 'Hurricane Hermione' in the autumn of 1988. What? You never heard of it? Exactly,” another wrote. “Are liberals allowed to throw pillows? (Asking for a friend),” one person offered.
The memes and photo posts came out in full force, as well, with many just showing off the firepower they have in store for the storm.
It’s all very Florida. Follow live coverage of Irma.