A Florida man has decided the best way to protect his Smart Car from Hurricane Dorian is to park it in his house. Specifically, in the kitchen.
Hurricane Dorian is no joke. What was once a Category 5 hurricane has already flattened the Bahamas, leaving a trail of destroyed homes and destroyed lives. By the time it arrived in Florida, the hurricane had lost some of its steam and was only a Category 2 hurricane, but that’s still plenty dangerous to anything left outside.
In order to protect his precious Smart Car from Dorian’s wrath, Patrick Eldridge decided to do something unconventional: park it inside his home.
Why not his garage? Well, the garage was already occupied by his wife’s car and other items that were normally stored outside in Florida’s temperate climate. Without any room in the car’s normal habitat, Eldridge decided the only place with enough space was the kitchen.
“I said there was no way he could. He said he could,” said Patrick’s wife, Jessica, in an interview with the Associated Press. “So he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit. He had it in with no problems.”
Thanks to a generous entrance to the backyard, Patrick was able to simply drive his Smart Car into the kitchen where it rode out the storm parked on a set of towels. Safe from the hurricane-force winds, Patrick’s Smart Car stayed there until the hurricane had passed.
And it wasn’t that big of a problem, either. Both husband and wife were able to continue using the kitchen to cook meals, although their two dogs were somewhat confused by the new occupant.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, but missed the city of Jacksonville where the Eldridge's live. It then veered north to strike the Carolinas as a Category 2 hurricane on Thursday, and is expected to pass by New York by Saturday morning.
The Bahamas, meanwhile, are only just now discovering the true extent of the devastation. About 30 people have been killed and hundreds more are missing as Dorian brought floodwaters higher than most single-story houses.