Florida Sheriff Urges Residents Not To Shoot Hurricane Irma

Nope, we're not joking.

Florida Sheriff Urges Residents Not To Shoot Hurricane Irma (Image: Getty)

A Florida sheriff has been forced to urge residents not to shoot at Hurricane Irma.

Thousands of residents have seemingly pledged to unload on the Hurricane, which is currently hitting the state.

22-year-old Ryon Edwards started a Facebook event, titled 'Shoot At Hurricane Irma', perhaps thinking it could halt the storm, which is now twice as wide as the Florida peninsula.

"A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event," he told BBC.

"The response is a complete and total surprise to me...I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control."

At the time of writing, 25,000 people have clicked going, with another 53,000 people interested.

The official Pasco County sheriff's Twitter had to clarify that this is not the right thing to do.

"To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma," they wrote.

"You won't make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects."

More than six million residents have already evacuated the state, with the storm expected to strengthen as it moves north.