A Florida man worried his smart car would be blown away by Hurricane Dorian came up with a novel solution – he parked it in his kitchen. Patrick Eldridge proved his sceptical wife wrong when he was able to fit the compact vehicle through double doors in their Jacksonville home and park it by the kitchen bench.
“I said there was no way he could. He said he could,” Jessica Eldridge said.”So he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit. He had it in with no problems.”Dorian is skirting Florida’s coast, narrowly missing Jacksonville as it heads northward along the Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina coastlines. The Category 2 storm has devastated the Bahamas, where rescue crews have only begun taking the full measure of the damage. With the car in the middle of the kitchen, Jessica Eldridge had to move around it to cook and serve dinner
“I’m hoping he will pull it out pretty soon once the wind dies down,” she said.”There is room and it’s not in the way, but my dogs are confused by it.”
The photos quickly went viral, garnering over 65,000 shares and 22,000 reactions. “We are still in shock that this madness wave has occurred on the internet since the posting first emerged,” Eldridge said.
Hurricane Dorian brought wind gusts and heavy rain to Florida Wednesday as the storm slowly moved north up the East Coast. In the Bahamas, parts of the nation of low-lying islands were in ruins. At least 20 people have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas and officials expect the death toll to rise.
While Florida didn’t get the brunt of the storm, North Carolina and South Carolina were bracing for a direct hit. Dorian could still potentially make landfall Thursday or Friday.
As of 11 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dorian had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Its core was located 105 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, and 225 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.