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Joke about shooting Hurricane Irma gets taken seriously on Florida coast

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Amid a devastating hurricane in Florida, police there are having to warn people not to shoot at the storm after a Facebook event, “Shoot At Hurricane Irma” garnered 54,000 replies of interest.

“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects,” warns the sheriff in Pasco County, which is north of Tampa along Florida’s west coast.

The sheriff’s office, which is in the Tampa Bay-area, was responding to a Facebook event page created by two Florida men inviting people to shoot their guns into the storm.

More than 50,000 people had signed up by Sunday after 22-year Ryon Edwards of Daytona Beach posted the invitation with the note, “YO SO THIS GOOFY LOOKING WINDY HEADASS NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST.”

Within hours, images depicting “how to shoot at a hurricane” were shared among the group with the suggestion that if you fire correctly the bullet might not come back and kill you.

The invitation was a joke, but 80,000 people indicated they were “going” or “interested” in the event. The Facebook page has since turned into a forum for people to share advice and support during the storm.

“Check on your neighbours, help, out, see if any of your local shelters need help,” Edwards said as the storm system bore down on Florida. He launched the virtual “event” in response to a “combination of stress and boredom” he felt prior to the storm’s arrival and that he “never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger” than himself.

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Five Hour Standoff Ends When Homeowner Climbs Up & Throws Suspect From Roof

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A man, who was being pursued by police officers, took refuge on Wilford Burgess’s roof, evading police for nearly five hours and creating a standoff. Crisis negotiators arrived on the scene, trying to coax the man to come down. After several hours where authorities were unable to convince the man to leave the roof, Burgess decided to take action, with the entire incident caught on film.

The incident began at 6:34 am local time when law enforcement officials received a call some someone who said they were being followed. Once deputies arrived at the scene, a man was spotted jumping from one roof to the next, coming to a stop on top of Burgess’s home.

Wrenn said she was woken up at about 7:00 am local time when deputies began shouting: “We know where you are. We can see you.”

After being on Burgess’ roof for about an hour or so, Burgess said he felt it was time to try taking matters into his own hands. He decided to bring out a ladder and climb up there himself. “He’d been up there too long,” Burgess said. “I figured … if they can’t get him off, I can.”

Burgess’ grandaughter, Ashley Wrenn, captured the whole scene on video. She said she isn’t surprised her elderly grandfather did what he did.

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Missing Navy SEAL found alive and well

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A man who was considered an at-risk missing person earlier this month has been located, according to the San Diego Police.

A citizen reportedly contacted authorities on Thursday to report that they knew Johnathan Surmont’s whereabouts.

The person said that Surmont was with them in the L.A. area during the time he was thought to be missing.

SDPD Missing Person Unit was able to confirm the information and are no longer attempting to locate the former Navy Seal.

He is no longer considered at-risk or missing.

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