Florida sheriff warns residents not to shoot guns at Hurricane Irma

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Irma: Florida sheriff urges people not to shoot at hurricane, saying 'you won't turn it around'

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.

More than 50,000 people expressed an interest in the satirical Facebook event "Shoot at Hurricane Irma" as the powerful storm started to cross the Florida Keys, USA Today reported.

As Floridians brace for the impending onslaught from Hurricane Irma, some residents have come up with novel ways of "scaring off" the monster storm, forcing police to issue a warning not to shoot at the hurricane.

Mr Edwards said he was surprised by the massive reaction. It has become something a little out of my control'.

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".

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Some people appear to have taken the plan seriously, including one Facebook user who posted an image of himself holding a gun, along with the message: "I'm not going to sit around and wait, I'm going straight into the eye".

Another similar Facebook group offers an alternative way to "fight" Hurricane Irma. "Make sure to help each other out during and after the storm in whatever way you can", he wrote.

The risky 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 miles per hour.

'This is your last chance to make a good decision, ' Governor Rick Scott warned residents in Florida's evacuation zones, which encompassed a staggering 6.4 million people, or more than one in four people in the state.

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