Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Florida Facebook campaign to shoot Hurricane Irma goes viral

Florida Facebook campaign to shoot Hurricane Irma goes viral

The page got so much attention that the sheriff of the Pasco police department tweeted out a response telling everyone to not shoot their weapons at the storm.

Yahoo News reports more than 55,000 have signed up to join him. You won't make it turn around & it will have very risky side effects, ' the tweet read.

One host of a viral "Shoot at Hurricane Irma" event said he started it as a joke, but it's unclear whether his humour has been lost on some Americans.

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Most have walked for days and the United Nations says many are sick, exhausted and in desperate need of shelter, food and water. Bangladesh is already host to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled previous outbreaks of violence in Rakhine.

Several other events quickly appeared on Facebook to combat the storm, including scaring it with flamethrowers, "Spinning your arms really fast to push away Hurricane Irma" and "Destroy Hurricane Irma By Cooling The Atlantic With Ice Cubes".

"The response is a complete and total surprise to me", he relayed.

"I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of insane idea larger than myself". Out of the 284 stray-bullet shootings analyzed by University of California researchers in a 2012 study, some 5% were the result of falling shells from "celebratory gunfire" - less than other bystander gunfire incidents, but still significant given that those 284 incidents resulted in 317 deaths or injuries.

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Sunday along the eastern side of the islands and from 8 2 p.m. on the west side, said hurricane specialist Mike Brennan. The winds tore the air conditioner from his restaurant's roof, he said, adding that the storm surge added to the danger.

Florida utility officials say more than 1 million customers have lost power as Hurricane Irma hits the state. "It has become something a little out of my control", he said.

Edwards - whose Facebook page shows a bearded and tattooed young man cradling a gray cat - himself acknowledged that things had gotten out of hand.

The post comes as another Florida resident made an event encouraging people to "shoot flames" at the storm.

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed four people were killed and 50 more injured on the island . While millions are fleeing from Hurricane Irma in the south east of the USA , not everyone is taking cover.

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