Zach Braff Uses Hurricane Dorian to Revive 'Scrubs' Nostalgia

Zach Braff Uses Hurricane Dorian to Revive ‘Scrubs’ Nostalgia
Actor Zach Braff arrives at the premiere of 'Baby Driver' at Ace Hotel on June 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Braff played Dr. John ‘J.D.’ Dorian on the NBC sitcom Scrubs from 2001 until 2010. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Tropical Storm Dorian was officially declared Hurricane Dorian Wednesday, hitting Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with expectations of turning into a Category 3 hurricane once it reaches Florida. But the potential disaster of the storm wasn't the primary focus of actor Zach Braff on Twitter Wednesday, it was the storm's name that excited The Garden State star. Braff played Dr. John "J.D." Dorian on the NBC (and later ABC) sitcom Scrubs from 2001 until 2010, and Braff couldn't help but have a little fun at the name's expense on Twitter.

It started on Saturday, when Braff tweeted a screenshot of a headline about the potential growth of then Tropical Storm Dorian.

Trust me, it will grow. pic.twitter.com/Kxzs7oXMoq

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) August 24, 2019

Then on Tuesday, Braff posted a picture of his character Dorian jumping on a weather map of the path of the storm, which shows Dorian heading in the direction of Puerto Rico—which is still recovering from the Category 5 Hurricane Maria in 2017, which killed an estimated 2,975 people in Puerto Rico.

I’m coming. pic.twitter.com/GVQtHWHf0i

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) August 27, 2019

Still finding the humor in the moment, he retweeted a fan's picture of a series of Braff faces over the path of the storm.

Please don’t nuke me. https://t.co/tsn4Yix8Bs

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) August 27, 2019

On Wednesday, as the storm was officially declared Hurricane Dorian, Braff tweeted a gif of himself and his Scrubs co-star Donald Faison in character dancing. The tweet read, "Dorian headed for Miami like," with the gif.

Dorian headed for Miami like pic.twitter.com/KECJzfjXMf

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) August 28, 2019

While many of his followers on Twitter are enjoying the nostalgic moment remembering Braff's character from Scrubs, others are finding the behavior a bit tasteless considering the potential danger of the storm.

This Is Not funny. Please think about the People and Houses which might be destroyed

— Sligo81 (@sligo81) August 28, 2019

I dont find this funny at all. THOUSANDS died in the hurricanes last year. I cant wait to see how this tweet ages.

— Andreus (@D12Bossman) August 28, 2019

As of Wednesday, Hurricane Dorian is declared a Category 1 storm over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but will likely grow stronger in force once it hits mainland United States.

"All indications are that by this Labor Day weekend, a powerful hurricane will be near the Florida or southeastern coast of the United States," the National Hurricane Center said.

Even though the storm isn't nearly as severe as Maria was for Puerto Rico, because the island state is still recovering, damages from Dorian could be high.

"There's already so much damage on the ground from (Maria) that this isn't going to take a lot to make a significant amount of damage, especially flooding," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers reported Wednesday.

CNN reported the storm's first victim to be an 80-year-old man, who died Wednesday as he prepared his roof for Dorian.

Braff is best known for Scrubs and the 2004 film Garden State, which he wrote, directed and starred in. His last major work was the ABC sitcom Alex, Inc., which ran for 10 episodes before ABC canceled the comedy due to poor ratings.