In the wake of Hurricane Idalia, a Category-4 storm that battered Florida before weakening, a video has emerged showcasing the resilience of a Florida resident. The footage, shared by BBC on September 1, captures a person cycling through waterlogged streets shortly after the hurricane’s passage.
The “Florida man” phenomenon, often associated with eccentric behaviors exhibited by residents of the state, has been a source of amusement over the years. In this instance, the video has garnered thousands of likes and comments from viewers.
While some were shocked by the man’s audacious bicycle ride through the flooded streets, many recognized that he might have been in a desperate situation, needing to reach a destination urgently. As one Instagram user noted, “He seems to know the road… there is a difference between a local doing something and a tourist. These people here grow up with it. It’s normal to them… can’t compare it with anyone that moves to FL.”
Another user emphasized the need for understanding, stating, “Y’all, people still have to go places, it’s unfortunate this dude has to resort to this, but we don’t know his circumstances. Maybe he’s being stupid, but maybe he’s trying to get somewhere safe.”
This incident recalls a similar viral video from June 2022, featuring sixteen-year-old Brett Holland wakeboarding across flooded streets. Wakeboarding, an extreme water sport, involves a rider standing on a board towed by a speeding motorboat.