- patrick eldridge of jacksonville, florida, drove his smart fortwo into the house as part of hurricane preparation this week.
- the owner drove the car through double doors and into the kitchen, and it seemed to fit easily, as reported by the miami herald.
- eldridge isn't the first person to have driven a beloved car into an indoor living area for protection; it was done by a bmw owner in florida in 2016.
smart cars are notorious for being able to squeeze into tight parking spaces on crammed metropolitan streets. and up until now, there hadn't been news of anyone trying to finagle one into a kitchen. patrick eldridge of jacksonville, florida, has done it. he bet his wife he could park the smart fortwo in their kitchen to prevent hurricane dorian's winds from blowing the 2000-pound car away. before you ask, the garage was already occupied by his wife's vehicle.
hurricane dorian is moving its way up the east coast, and many residents and business owners are taking precautions to keep their beloved property safe. coastal dealers are temporarily closing their doors, and miami exotics dealer prestige imports is storing its inventory 56 stories off the ground in an oceanfront penthouse unit at the porsche design tower in miami.
the smart fit through the home's double doors and rested peacefully in the kitchen away from the damaging winds of the now category 2 hurricane that passed right by jacksonville wednesday on its way north. jessica eldridge said that there was room for the car, but it was in her way when she served dinner, and her dogs were definitely confused.
eldridge isn't the only florida resident to take these drastic measures. during hurricane matthew of 2016, randy jalil of port st. lucie, florida, brought his bmw e30 m3 into his living room to protect it from damaging winds.
some auto owners aren't being as cautious, though. the owner of a jeep grand cherokee deserted the suv on a beach in myrtle beach, south carolina, leaving it to the waves and some photo ops.
as of noon today, wind gusts of 78 mph were reported in charleston, south carolina, as the hurricane moves north.