Florida man parks Smart Car in kitchen over fears Hurricane Dorian would blow it away
A man from Florida has allegedly parked his car in the kitchen in his home in order to protect it from harm during Hurricane Dorian.
Patrick Eldridge was apparently "afraid his car might blow away" due to its small size, and he was worried that the devastating storm sweeping through the Carribean would destroy it. So Eldridge came up with a novel solution: parking his bite-sized automobile in the kitchen of the house instead.
Taking to Facebook later, Patrick's spouse Jessica uploaded a number of pictures of the car in the interior of their home, and captioned the snaps: "My husband was afraid his car might blow away and my car is in the garage." The pictures even showed the confused family dog, a pit bull terrier, looking very interested in the incongruous car.
The pictures of Patrick's lateral thinking solution quickly picked up plenty of attention on social media, with many people commenting on Patrick's impressive audacity. Jessica later stated that Patrick had moved the car to the garage later the next day, although she didn't disclose how he'd managed to maneuver it into the room in the first place.
In a later post made after the storm had swept over the Eldridge family, Jessica wrote: "We were blessed to not be negatively affected by Hurricane Dorian, but we have been given a platform that we would now like to use to help send relief back to the Bahamas for all the hurricane victims."
She added: "It would be greatly appreciated if everyone that has recently shared, liked or commented, our Smart car story, would be so kind to donate anything. Every dollar counts!!! If this movement has as much success as our Smart Car story, then stayed turned to see what we are able to offer back to the Bahamas together. Thanks for all your love and support!!! [sic]"
According to NBC News, more than 2 million residents in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina were forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the dangerous storm. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Centre recorded that, as of 5 AM EDT Wednesday, Dorian boasted maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, with the core being some 90 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida.
Check out this adorable video of a dog being rescued during the storm:
On the other hand, some social media posts haven't had as positive a reception. Indeed, a number of Instagrammers have been slammed by critics online for their perceived 'insensitive' posts about Hurricane Dorian.