Florida Man Wakeboards Down Flooded Street as Hurricane Ian Gets Closer

Social media users have chimed in after a Florida man was filmed wakeboarding in the streets as Hurricane Ian quickly approaches.

The video, shared to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, shows a man in a long sleeve shirt and shorts wakeboarding behind a pickup truck as it drives through the flooded streets of Marathon in the Florida Keys a day before Hurricane Ian is predicted to reach the state's southern portion. The 25-second clip, which was uploaded by Twitter user Ben Brahler and has received over 161,000 views, was considered by some to be typical Floridian behavior in face of what could amount to be one of the worst hurricanes the state has ever seen.

"Nothing is more American than this!" one user wrote in response.

"Floridians never cease to shock me," another user added.

Meanwhile, journalist Heidi Moore noted "That water is not clean."

"If you look closely, you can see that the neighboring golf course has their sprinklers on to ensure top-tier playing conditions," Brahler added in a follow up tweet.

8 p.m. Hurricane Update

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), tropical-force-storm winds reached the southwest tip of Florida on Tuesday around 8 p.m. local time, and heavy rainfall totals are expected in much of the peninsula over the next several days.

The NHC predicts rainfall could reach 6 to 8 inches in the Florida Keys and southern Florida by Thursday, while central and northeast Florida could see isolated totals of up to 24 inches. Eastern Georgia and the South Carolina coast could also receive between 4 and 8 inches of rain.

As of Tuesday evening, hurricane wind speeds recorded by the NHC had sustained a maximum of 120 mph.

The NHC also warned residents that a combination of a storm surge from Hurricane Ian alone with large waves will cause normally dry areas near the coast of western Florida to flood Tuesday night. Areas of Sarasota County could see flooding anywhere from 6 to 12 feet.

Hurricane Ian Damage in CUba
A damaged house is seen in San Juan y Martinez, Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba, after Hurricane Ian passed through the western part of the country on September 27, 2022. Hurricane Ian is predicted to make landfall in Florida sometime Wednesday afternoon. AFP via Getty Images/Adalberto Roque

Hurricane Ian was upgraded to a Category 3 storm overnight after hitting western Cuba around 4:30 a.m., reaching speeds up to 125 mph, according to NBC News.

The NHC said the hurricane is expected to reach western Florida near Sarasota Wednesday afternoon and will travel northeast through central Florida, passing through Tampa on Thursday.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that 2.5 million Florida residents had evacuated from their homes in anticipation of Hurricane Ian as of Tuesday morning. Several counties in line with the hurricane's predicated track ordered mandatory evacuations for residents Monday and Tuesday in addition to several areas following under voluntary evacuations. Mandatory evacuations for the coastal areas of Hillsborough County, which includes the city of Tampa, began Monday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff warned Tuesday that help will not come to residents who did not follow the mandatory evacuation orders, which gave residents in locations most prone to flooding until 9 p.m. to leave the area.

Newsweek reached out to the NHC for comment.