Rush Limbaugh evacuates Florida after calling Hurricane Irma a media conspiracy

A pile of debris sits outside a business damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 5 in Spring Texas

The talk show host's decision to evacuate is noteworthy only because he had claimed days earlier that warnings about the Category 5 Hurricane only served "to advance the climate change agenda".

"It turns out we will not be able to do the program tomorrow", he said, following with some bumbling about plans that he had to cancel.

He closed out his program on Thursday with the announcement that there would be no show the following day, and that they would be back on the air next week, but broadcasting from "parts unknown".

In a Tuesday rant Limbaugh said, "Here comes a hurricane, local media goes on the air, 'Big hurricane coming, oh my God!"

CNN security analyst Juliette Kayyem said in a tweet that it's "legally impossible" because evacuation is mandatory in Limbaugh's Palm Beach County area.

"You don't need a hurricane to hit anywhere", he asserted. While Limbaugh evacuates, others may stay behind in part because he wrote off the storm as a conspiracy.

"The views expressed by the host of this program [are] documented to be nearly always right 99.8 percent of the time", Limbaugh said right before announcing he would be leaving South Florida for parts unknown.


Gov. Rick Scott isn't apologizing for trying to get people to be concerned about Hurricane Irma. Limbaugh is based out of Palm Beach, Florida, which is projected to be hit hard by the powerful storm.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, there were a dozen hurricanes affecting the United States between Katrina in 2005, and 2016-the last complete hurricane season on record.

"The local media ... reports in such a way as to create the panic way far out, which sends people into these stores to fill up with water and to fill up with batteries, and it becomes a never-ending repeated cycle", he said.

"There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it".

Sure, tell the "hurricane reporting is just a hoax to promote a false climate change narrative" to the Hurricane Harvey victims stranded in flood waters and living in shelters after their homes were demolished.

Like a lot of conservative media figures, Rush Limbaugh will find any reason he can to spread his anti-climate change ideology. Well, now, two of them are hitting and they can barely contain themselves.

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