‘I Feel Like Surfing’: Jimmy Buffett Goes For Broke And Hits The Waves Ahead Of Florence
“Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett told his social media followers Wednesday that he’s going surfing off the South Carolina coast because he’s not afraid of surfing in a hurricane.
Buffett, a Mississippi native known for his “island escapism” lifestyle, posted a photo of himself on Instagram posing next to surfboards on a beach in South Carolina. The post was a throwback to his 2009 song “Surfing in a Hurricane,” a tune befitting his devil-may-care attitude.
“I ain’t afraid of dying. I got no need to explain. I feel like going surfing in a hurricane #follybeachsurfing,” the caption on the post reads, referring to Folly Beach in South Carolina.
Buffett did go on to warn his followers to listen to the authorities and head for higher ground before Hurricane Florence’s arrival.
“On a serious note — respect mother nature, please be safe and listen to your local authorities,” he wrote.
Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 10 to 20 inches over portions of North Carolina. Florence might not be the only massive storm the East Coast will have to contend with over the course of the next several days. There are two other hurricanes — Helene and Isaac — brewing in the Atlantic several thousand miles away.
Florence, for her part, shares similarities with Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Houston on Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane and dumped record-setting amounts of rain. (RELATED: Here’s The Breakdown Of Hurricane Harvey And Irma By The Numbers)
Harvey then backed off into the Gulf of Mexico before making its second and final landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 30. It killed nearly 70 people at the outset and caused an estimated damage of $190 billion. At least 51 inches of rain were measured by a gauge outside of Houston, a new record for rainfall brought to a single area by a storm in the U.S.