Even though there was plenty of destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida — with 22 confirmed dead in the United States from the effects of the storm, the worst-case scenario most weather experts were predicting thankfully didn’t happen.
When an area escapes the worst of a storm, many people scoff at the precautions that authorities want them to take. Questions like “Why were we told to evacuate?” and “Why do weather forecasters tell us to stay indoors when they’re practically horizontal out in the storm?”
That kind of hubris may be natural, but it’s also dangerous. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this video from someone who was foolish enough to go out during Irma’s rage.
According to WSB-TV, the footage was taken on Georgia’s Highway 92 near Griffin.
Even though the storm had diminished in power by the time it hit Georgia, it was still enough to cause a tree to fall across the road and onto an SUV. And not just a small tree, as you can see.
WSB-TV managed to catch up with the woman who was driving the SUV, April Baxter.
“It started falling and just closed my eyes and hit the brakes,” Baxter said of the moment of impact. “I closed my eyes and the airbags popped. It was all so fast, very fast.”
“We live in a mobile home, so I was trying to get to safety,” she added. “I thought, ‘This is the end. I’m done.’”
Thankfully, the only injuries that Baxter reported were “a seat belt burn, a strained shoulder muscle from holding the steering wheel so tight and a hurt knee.”
Let this be a lesson to you, though: it could be a lot worse. If you ever wondered why people were told to be off the streets during Irma, this is why. If you find yourself affected by a storm this hurricane season, either evacuate early or stay inside and stay safe. Your life could depend upon it.
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