Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Florida gun owners encouraged to 'shoot the storm'

Florida gun owners encouraged to 'shoot the storm'

With at least three people dead and millions without power, Hurricane Irma is slowly ripping through parts of the U.S. state of Florida with devastating effects.

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 unsafe Atlantic hurricane to hit the US since records began "will not turn it around".

Edwards said in a Facebook post there is a lesson to be taken from his viral experience.

According to the event description, the goal was to "show Irma that we shoot first", and while around 55,000 people publicly suggested they were interested in the event, only about 29,000 attended. "The response is a complete and total surprise to me", the 22-year-old told BBC Newsbeat.

By the time Hurricane Irma started to cross the Keys, more than 54,000 people had signed up for the Facebook event Shoot at Hurricane Irma.

Cleanup begins as Irma moves out of Florida
Still a large hurricane, its tropical storm force winds extend out 415 miles, despite weakening a bit more to 100 mph. Insurance index gained 1.5 per cent ahead of the 0.8-per-cent gain for the overall S&P 500.

"The response is a complete and total surprise to me.I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of insane idea larger than myself".

Mr Edward's idea sparked a series of spoof diagrams and outlandish suggestions, including one suggesting people could destroy Hurricane Irma by "cooling the Atlantic with ice cubes".

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

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.

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 US state.

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