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People are making memes about Hurricane Michael to cope

Where there's terrifying weather, there are memes.


Sunny Kim

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 10, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 4:26 am CDT

Hurricane Michael is blasting trees, closing down Waffle Houses, and flooding the Florida panhandle. The storm is now  a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour, according to Al Jazeera.

Michael is one of the most intense hurricanes to hit U.S. mainland since 1954, according to USA Today. On Wednesday afternoon, the storm landed northwest of Mexico Beach, Florida.

Florida residents and media posted images and video of some of the devastating effects of the hurricane so far.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said on Twitter that emergency response is coming to help those impacted by the storm.

Perhaps to cope with the horrible aftermaths of the storm, people on Twitter started making Hurricane Michael memes, many of which replace the eye of the storm with celebrities.

And then there’s the highway-cruising shark.

Derek Schwartz from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, tweeted “Believe it or not this shark has made its way on to the freeway near Mexico Beach by Panama City. Be safe out there! #HurricaneMichael.”

The photo, obviously fake, is something of a fake news staple during floods and hurricanes.

At this point, the shark is one of the only predictable things amid scarily unpredictable weather.

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*First Published: Oct 10, 2018, 11:05 pm CDT