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500k join campaign to "shoot down" Hurricane Irma

12 September, 2017, 14:32 | Author: Jeff Stephens
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The Pasco County Sheriff's Office warned that shooting weapons at the most unsafe Atlantic hurricane to hit the USA since records began "will have very risky side effects".

The description of the event read: "Everyone takes their fans outside and points them at Hurricane Irma to blow it away from us".

The sheriff's tweet links to this article, which claims any bullets fired at the storm could potentially be turned around by the winds and come flying back towards the shooter.

The official Pasco County sheriff's Twitter had to clarify that this is not the right thing to do.

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Hurricane Irma is due to hit Florida on Saturday, and the state is now experiencing the largest ever mass evacuation due to a hurricane in American history.

While the invitation was presumably a joke, 80,000 people indicated they were "going" or "interested" in the event.

"A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event".

More than 6m people in Florida were urged to evacuate as Irma approached, though some chose to sit it out.

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As of September 10, Edwards had updated his event with a reminder to "attendees" with a more serious call to action in the face of Hurricane Irma.

"The response is a complete and total surprise to me", he relayed. "It has become something a little out of my control", the Independent quoted him as saying. "This is our home, nobody drives us out of our own territory".

After hitting the Florida Keys, Irma was forecast to move up the state's Gulf Coast later Sunday.

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