58k Floridians using fans in effort to re-direct Hurricane Irma

Florida locals have come up with a hilarious and impractical way to fight the looming storm.
Florida locals have come up with a hilarious and impractical way to fight the looming storm. Photo credit: Facebook

Florida locals are banding together in their thousands as the powerful Hurricane Irma edges closer to making landfall in their state.

However rather than evacuate, as they've been advised, thousands of people have committed to join forces, and attempt to re-direct the storm with various wind-creating devices.

Hurricane Irma has been dubbed the most powerful Atlantic storm ever, and is anticipated to make landfall in Florida on Saturday.

A Facebook event entitled 'Everybody Points Their Fans At The Hurricane To Blow It Away', created by west Florida resident Joshua Stanland, has got people committing to the cause in their droves.

More than 58,000 people are attending the event, and another 44,000 say they're interested.

"Everyone takes their fans outside and points them at Hurricane Irma to blow it away from us," instructions on the event page begin.

"Air compressors with a blow gun attachment also a plus, or anything else. Get creative. Date/time subject to change due to the unpredictable path it may take.

"Not responsible for any collapsed lungs should you choose to blow manually."

While the event is clearly a joke - and obviously won't have any actual effect on the blistering winds expected to rip through the state - it has garnered plenty of hilarious posts.

Jet blast-force wins have been felt throughout the Caribbean as Irma shifts across the Atlantic Ocean towards the US.

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