FLORIDA, U.S. - Hurricane Irma that made its second landfall on Sunday, has seen thousands of people either escaping the monstrous storm, that became the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history.
Amid the chaos for survival, a bizarre event in Florida went viral online and quickly became a hot topic of discussion across the U.S. on Sunday evening.
The event, “Shoot At Hurricane Irma” posted by 22-year-old Ryon Edwards on Facebook, drew over 53,000 people to join in the pledge of opening fire on Hurricane Irma.
The Facebook campaign saw all of those thousands of people claiming that they would want to shoot down Irma in the U.S. because "in Florida, we shoot first.”
The event description read, “Yo so this goofy looking windy heada** named Irma said they pulling up on us, let’s show Irma that we shoot first” - which means that thousands of people have said they would want to shoot at it to bring down the deadly 185mp/h (297km/h) storm.
Edwards, who posted the campaign as a Facebook event said he want to find a way to amuse himself during the storm.
He further said, “A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event. The response is a complete and total surprise to me. I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control.”
While many people viewed it as a joke, some people seem to have taken the idea a bit more seriously.
One Facebook user even posted an image of herself holding a gun, along with the message, "I'm not going to sit around and wait, I'm doing straight into the eye."
Meanwhile, another person responded, “Isn’t this just going to make the weather madder?”
Later, graphics appeared online, suggesting how people could “fire correctly” at the hurricane to ensure the bullets did not come back and kill you.
Soon after several other events 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,” were some such events.
One of the event description stated, “It’s time we took a stand against this big bully! This our home nobody drives us out of our own territory. Join me in this fight as we shoot flames at Hurricane Irma and dissipate her on the spot. She will burn.”
The response was so astounding that the Pasco County Sheriff's office felt the need to step in and warned that shooting weapons at the most dangerous Atlantic hurricane to hit the U.S. since records began “will not turn it around.”
The office tweeted, “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”
The hurricane, which has killed at least 22 people in the Caribbean, is feared to ravage the state with destruction not seen in a generation.
Six million people were asked to evacuate the Sunshine State.
The dangerous Category 4 storm arrived in South Florida early on Sunday morning, making landfall at 9:10 a.m. on Cudjoe Key, with wind gusts reaching 130 mph.
Irma’s eye made landfall in the Florida Keys and it is set to inflict a natural disaster causing billions of dollars in damage to the third-most-populous U.S. state.