Florida Man Wakeboards Down Flooded Street as Hurricane Ian approaches

Social media users have tuned in after a Florida man was filmed wakeboarding in the streets as Hurricane Ian rapidly approached.

The video, shared on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, shows a man in a long-sleeved shirt and shorts wakeboarding behind a pickup truck while navigating the flooded streets of Marathon a day before it is expected to reach the south of the state in the Florida Keys, portion drives. The 25 second clip uploaded by Twitter users Ben Brahler and has received over 161,000 views, was considered by some to be typical Floridian behavior given what could be one of the worst hurricanes the state has ever seen.

“Nothing is more American than that!” A user wrote answer.

“Floridians never stop shocking me,” another user added.

Meanwhile, journalist Heidi Moore written down “This water is not clean.”

“If you look closely, you can see that the neighboring golf course with a sprinkler system ensures the best playing conditions,” says Brahler added in a follow-up tweet.

8 p.m. hurricane update

Tropical storm winds hit the southwestern tip of Florida around 8 p.m. local time on Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), and heavy rains are expected across much of the peninsula over the next few days.

The NHC forecasts precipitation in the Florida Keys and southern Florida could reach 6 to 8 inches by Thursday, while isolated totals of up to 24 inches could occur in central and northeast Florida. Eastern Georgia and coastal South Carolina could also receive between 4 and 8 inches of rain.

As of Tuesday evening, hurricane wind speeds recorded by the NHC had reached a maximum of 120 miles per hour.

The NHC also warned residents that a combination of a storm surge from Hurricane Ian alone with big waves will cause normally dry areas near the west Florida coast to be inundated Tuesday night. Sarasota County areas could see flooding anywhere from 6 to 12 feet.

Hurricane Ian damage in Cuba
A damaged house is seen in San Juan y Martinez, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, after Hurricane Ian ripped through the western part of the country on September 27, 2022. Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall in Florida Wednesday afternoon.
AFP via Getty Images/Adalberto Roque

Hurricane Ian was upgraded to a Category 3 storm overnight after it struck western Cuba around 4:30 a.m., reaching speeds of up to 125 miles per hour, according to NBC News.

The NHC said the hurricane is expected to make landfall in west Florida near Sarasota on Wednesday afternoon and move northeast through central Florida, passing Tampa on Thursday.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said 2.5 million Florida residents fled their homes Tuesday morning in anticipation of Hurricane Ian. Several counties that match the predicted path of the hurricane ordered mandatory evacuations for residents Monday and Tuesday, and several areas followed voluntary evacuations. Mandatory evacuations for coastal Hillsborough County, which includes the city of Tampa, began Monday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff warned Tuesday that no assistance would be given to residents who failed to follow mandatory evacuation orders and residents in locations most prone to flooding who were required to leave the area by 9 p.m.

news week contacted the NHC for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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