Don’t shoot guns at Florence; ‘I can’t believe I have to write this’

As with 2017’s Hurricane Irma, and likely previous storms that were unwittingly born post Internet, Hurricane Florence is generating some satirical memes and Facebook pages that some people may be falling for.

The Washington Post reports that the perennial Sharknado-motivated Tweets about Florence picking up sharks and flinging them toward shore is making the rounds. It even attributes the news to NOAA Hurricane Hunters.

Another one that motivated Florida’s Pasco County Sheriff’s Office to respond during Irma, is that shooting guns at Florence may make it go away.

The Facebook page “Shooting Guns at Hurricane Florence to Scare it Away” contains a disclaimer from host Ryan Stumpf that recommends against taking the site’s advice.

“Do not actually discharge firearms into the air. You could kill someone and you cannot frighten a hurricane. I can’t believe I actually have to write this.”

And (I can’t believe I’m going to go here) there is a Facebook group that recommends throwing tampons at Florence, playing on the nickname “Aunt Flo” for menstruation.

This disclaimer is on the page:

“This is not real. If you really think throwing some tampons at the hurricane is going to stop it, please go see your doctor.”

Photo of Florence from the International Space Station, courtesy NASA, @astro_alex

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