Florida Resident Rides Out Hurricane Ian in a High Rise Building, Calls it a ‘Carnival-Ride’

Meteorologist Rob Guariano remained in his apartment on the 27th floor of a building in Fort Myers, Florida, as Hurricane Ian ravaged the area on Wednesday.

Guariano’s apartment is on the 27th of 33 floors in his building. He was sheltering in place when he noticed that waves were being created in his bathtub from the swaying of the building. He likened the situation to a “carnival-ride like” experience.

“You got motion-sick from the swaying,” Guariano said. “It was unbelievable.”

However, Guariano actually took comfort in the swaying, explaining that skyscrapers are engineered to rock back and forth in the wind without putting occupants in danger.

Later, Guariano sought shelter on a lower floor when residents were instructed to do so.

Hurricane Ian struck Southwestern Florida on Wednesday afternoon with winds in excess of 150 miles per hour. Wednesday night, the storm weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 3 hurricane.

Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to the public on Wednesday, advising them that it was no longer safe to evacuate.

“If you are in any of those counties, it’s no longer possible to safely evacuate,” said DeSantis. “It’s time to hunker down and prepare for this storm.”

DeSantis also expressed his gratitude to the Biden administration for offering their full support.

During a conference at the White House on Wednesday, President Joe Biden reiterated that he will do everything necessary to help Florida recover from the effects of Hurricane Ian.

Biden also warned oil companies against using the hurricane as a predicate to raise gas prices.

“Do not — let me repeat, do not — use this as an excuse to raise gasoline prices or gouge the American people,” Biden stated. “This small temporary storm impact on oil production provides no excuse, no excuse for price increases at the pump. None.”

“If the gas companies try to use this storm to raise prices at the pump, I will ask officials to look into whether price gouging is going on,” Biden declared.