Hurricane Irma: Social media posts, photos and more

Man bikes during Hurricane Irma in Key West 

A photograph taken on Eaton Street in Key West shows a man riding his bicycle during Hurricane Irma. 

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Storm winds and dangerous storm surge are expected today after mandatory evacuations were issued. 

Spinning crane in Miami shows windspeeds picking up 

As windspeeds pickup in downtown Miami, a spinning crane continues to gain national attention.

City Manager Daniel Alfonso said that the crane wasn’t taken down because a week’s notice wasn’t enough time. He added that it can withstand windspeeds of 145 mph, according to NPR.

This spinning piece of machinery is being compared to a NYC crane that dangled during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

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Video: Hurricane Irma takes down trees, fences in Miami

Video from Southwest Miami-Dade County shows the destruction that the outer bands of Hurricane Irma are capable of. 

The video, captured by WTVJ reporter Amanda Plasencia‏, shows downed trees and damaged fences on SW 127th Ave. and 188th St. 

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Though it appears that vehicles and homes in the area avoided the brunt of the damage, several fences were crushed by fallen trees and the roadways were blocked by debris.

Photo shows nearly empty I-95 in Palm Beach ahead of Hurricane Irma

Photos of South Florida roadways show nearly no cars on the road ahead of Hurricane Irma.

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After many resident have evacuated and many of those who stayed have begun hunkering down, the roadways in West Palm Beach have cleared and will continue to clear as curfews are ordered.

Tweet shows light pole down in South Florida

As the outer bands of Hurricane Irma begin to move into Florida, the storm is beginning to leave its mark on Florida’s structures and landscape.

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Among the structures that could be effected by strong winds are light poles, and it appears that at least one light poles has already fallen in South Florida, according to WSVN.

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A video posted on Twitter shows emergency vehicles responding to a downed light pole in the northbound lanes of Biscayne Blvd. in Hallandale Beach.

Rollerblading man hilariously speeds past newscast’s live shot

When you can’t find gas, sometimes you have to get creative with how you evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall.

During an on-location live shot from Miami, a WCBS reporter came dangerously close to a man who appeared to be in a hurry.

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The mystery man flew past the reporter on roller blades after picking up speed down a nearby ramp.

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There’s no word on where the rollerblader was heading, but it seems like a good way to beat the evacuation traffic.

Publix Hurricane Irma cakes go viral, but are they sweet or distasteful? 

The news for Floridians surrounding Hurricane Irma has been bleak over the past few days for. However, Publix tried to make for a light of the approaching storm with Hurricane Irma cakes. The grocery store chain made a variety of cakes that read, “Go Away Irma.”

While some people loved them, others thought they were distasteful. 


Publix responded to a user who tweeted about the cakes saying, “We try to keep things on the sweeter side.”


Miami bakery warms Twitter users’ hearts by handing out free coffee to those waiting for gas

Before the storm a Good Samaritan in Florida went viral after he was photographed handing out free Cuban coffee to those waiting for gas on Wednesday. The man is an employee at Pinecrest Bakery in Miami. Efren Valsez, owner of the bakery, told CBS Miami that “we’re a community bakery and we love most of the people here in line and we know them well.” 

The bakery also responded to the tweet saying, “Thank you for your kind tweet, its (sic) my pleasure and pincecrest bakery to help out through these trying times. Stay safe. God bless us all.”


People rallied behind this post saying it shows what community is all about. 

CNN reporter trending because of his 'Category 5 arms'

People across the country were glued to CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Irma yesterday, but not because palm trees were tumbling down or extreme flooding was spotted. Instead people were tuning in to see Chris Cuomo report live in a tight shirt from Miami Beach.


Cuomo was trending for “his category 5 arms.” 

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Did they stay or did they go? Conflicting reports on Key West roosters and chickens

The curious case of the Key West chickens and roosters has capture the attention of social media as conflicting reports have surfaced about the safety and location of the animals.

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As of 8:30 a.m., a Miami Herald reporter spotted the chickens along the side of a street, still in harm’s way as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Meanwhile, another Twitter user posted a photograph on Friday of Key West roosters rolled up newspapers so they won’t fight each other and placed in the back seat of a vehicle.

Man tells news he’s tying himself to post during hurricane

Live shots during and leading up to hurricanes are always unpredictable and that remained true for a WTVJ reported who conducted an interesting interview along Miami Beach.

The reporter stopped a man who was nearby to ask him why he was outside in the rain and got an unexpected answer.

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“I’m tying myself to a post down on Meridian [Avenue] for the duration of the hurricane,” the man told WTVJ.

Though the man claims that the stunt is planned out and has safety precautions in place, the reporter implored the man to “be safe out there.”

Florida man in snorkle and flippers plans to ride out storm in store front

Everyone handles storms differently, and some people are safer than others.

A photo, taken by the Miami Herald’s David Ovalle, shows a shirtless man, wearing a snorkel and flippers, standing in the middle of Duval Street.

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The man told the Miami Herald that he was planning to ride out Hurricane Irma in a store front.

WATCH: National Geographic photographer capturing Key West’s windspeed 

The Florida Keys are expected to take a huge hit from Hurricane Irma. As the National Weather Service said, “this is as real as it gets. Nowhere in the Florida Keys will be safe.” 

Even with that warning, National Geographic photographer Mike Theiss is out in Key West shooting video. 

He will also be using a Hurricane Eyewall Research Vehicle to capture “wind data and barometric pressure inside the core of Hurricane Irma.” 

According to Theiss, windspeeds are already being measured 55 mph. 

Florida Keys Live Stream: 

There are live camera feeds throughout Florida where people can watch the storm in real time. The Key West feed is popular right now, especially after a man got knocked over by the waves he was trying to capture. 

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While it looks like it must have hurt, the man gets back up with his camera and walks it off like nothing happened. 

Unfortunately for this dude, he is already being made into a gif. 

Moments after this video was captured, screenshots show a group of people laughing and playing around in the water. Sean Breslin, an editor at, shared the image with the caption, “The scene in Key west is… disheartening.”

More pictures and videos show groups posing for pictures as water is splashing behind them. 


Video: Apparently the ocean is missing in The Bahamas

A new Twitter video out of The Bahamas shows just how dangerous Hurricane Irma could be for the Florida Keys.

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The video shows what apparently used to be the ocean in The Bahamas, except all the water is missing.

The caption of the video offers a stern warning to Keys residents, urging them to get out of the storm’s path.

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