Florida man parks smart car in kitchen so it won't "blow away" in Hurricane Dorian

By Danielle Garrand

/ CBS News

A Florida man was concerned his beloved smart car would get blown away in Hurricane Dorian this week, so he moved it to a very safe place. The inside of his house.

Jacksonville native Patrick Eldridge told CBS News he put his smart car inside his house on Tuesday morning, adding that his "wife was impressed that I was right about it being able to fit into the kitchen."

His wife, Jessica, posted hilarious images of the small car inside the Florida home to Facebook on Tuesday morning. "My husband was afraid his car might blow away," she wrote. "And my car is in the garage."

My husband was afraid his car might blow away and my car is in the garage. 🤦‍♀️ #HurricaneDorian #Dorian #FloGrown https://youtu.be/gN6Lo1VItTs

Posted by Jess Ica on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The photos quickly went viral, garnering over 65,000 shares and 22,000 reactions. "We are still in shock that this madness wave has occurred on the internet since the posting first emerged," Eldridge said.

Trending News

The couple moved the vehicle out of their home after the storm weakened and moved away from Florida. While his car didn't need protecting after all, the man said he did learn valuable information from the experience. "We now know that we have one additional parking spot available though!" he joked.

Hurricane Dorian brought wind gusts and heavy rain to Florida Wednesday as the storm slowly moved north up the East Coast. In the Bahamas, parts of the nation of low-lying islands were in ruins. At least 20 people have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas and officials expect the death toll to rise.

While Florida didn't get the brunt of the storm, North Carolina and South Carolina were bracing for a direct hit. Dorian could still potentially make landfall Thursday or Friday.

As of 11 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dorian had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Its core was located 105 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, and 225 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.

First published on September 4, 2019 / 11:55 PM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

"Everything is gone": Survivors describe horrors of facing Hurricane Dorian

"CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell spoke with survivors, who described the horrors of facing Dorian

5H ago Bahamas Relief Effort Begins in Wake of Dorian Destruction Britain — Brexit

Boris Johnson suffers Brexit vote defeat

Members of Parliament are terrified of a so-called "no-deal Brexit," fearing it would cause chaos and even food shortages

4H ago Britain — Brexit APTOPIX Britain Brexit

What comes next with Brexit? Here's why no one knows

If all the talk of political rebellions, possible elections, and shutting down Parliament has your head spinning, you're not alone

8H ago APTOPIX Britain Brexit Hurricane Dorian Slams Into The Bahamas As Category 5 Storm

Disney donating more than $1 million to the Bahamas after Dorian hit

The powerful storm ravaged the island nation,​ killing several people and leaving it with widespread damage and flooding

8H ago Hurricane Dorian Slams Into The Bahamas As Category 5 Storm 79fbf42f-528b-4d15-ab4c-16525c5ecab5-750x422.jpg

Bricks of cocaine wash ashore in Florida after Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian has brought more to Florida than just wind and rain

10H ago 79fbf42f-528b-4d15-ab4c-16525c5ecab5-750x422.jpg screen-shot-2019-09-04-at-9-17-46-pm.png

Man parks smart car in kitchen so Dorian won't blow it away

"We now know that we have one additional parking spot available," the man joked

15M ago screen-shot-2019-09-04-at-9-17-46-pm.png billy-jack-crutsinger-horizontal.png

Texas man gives 4 minute statement before execution

Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville

1H ago billy-jack-crutsinger-horizontal.png Mac Miller

Man arrested in connection to Mac Miller's death

Cameron James Pettit, 28, was taken into custody and has been charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance

2H ago Mac Miller Trump

Trump displays seemingly edited map of Dorian's projected path

Trump is claiming ignorance Wednesday after a map of Hurricane Dorian's projected path appeared to be altered with a black pen

2H ago Trump House Judiciary Committee Votes On Subpoena For Full Mueller Report

GOP Representative Jim Sensenbrenner to retire

The second-longest serving current member of the House became the 15th GOP lawmaker to announce he won't run for re-election in 2020. Representatives Susan Davis and Bill Flores also announced their retirement

3H ago House Judiciary Committee Votes On Subpoena For Full Mueller Report Trump

Trump displays seemingly edited map of Dorian's projected path

Trump is claiming ignorance Wednesday after a map of Hurricane Dorian's projected path appeared to be altered with a black pen

2H ago Trump House Judiciary Committee Votes On Subpoena For Full Mueller Report

GOP Representative Jim Sensenbrenner to retire

The second-longest serving current member of the House became the 15th GOP lawmaker to announce he won't run for re-election in 2020. Representatives Susan Davis and Bill Flores also announced their retirement

3H ago House Judiciary Committee Votes On Subpoena For Full Mueller Report The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Biden defends gaffes on Colbert, jokingly calls him Jimmy Kimmel

"Any gaffe that I have made — and I've made gaffes like every politician I know has — have been not about the substance of issue," Biden said

2H ago The Late Show with Stephen Colbert aoccrenshaw.jpg

Ocasio-Cortez blasts Crenshaw over tweet about "lending" guns to friends

Laws on lending guns vary from state to state, although federal law allows someone to lend a gun to a person unless that person is prohibited from owning a gun

4H ago aoccrenshaw.jpg Japan Trump

School construction among military projects cut to pay for border wall

The administration is planning to divert military funds allocated to build shooting ranges, missile launching pads and even schools for children at military bases in the U.S. and abroad

4H ago Japan Trump Mac Miller

Man arrested in connection to Mac Miller's death

Cameron James Pettit, 28, was taken into custody and has been charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance

2H ago Mac Miller The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Biden defends gaffes on Colbert, jokingly calls him Jimmy Kimmel

"Any gaffe that I have made — and I've made gaffes like every politician I know has — have been not about the substance of issue," Biden said

2H ago The Late Show with Stephen Colbert gettyimages-598763578.jpg

Twitter moves to foil hackers after Chloe Grace Moretz's feed hijacked

A tweet from the Hollywood actress's account claimed to reveal Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Social Security number

6H ago gettyimages-598763578.jpg Premiere Of Weinstein Company "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" - Arrivals

Scarlet Johansson says she believes Woody Allen

"I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it," Johansson said

8H ago Premiere Of Weinstein Company "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" - Arrivals "Seberg" Red Carpet Arrivals

Kristen Stewart opens up about her sexuality

Stewart opened up to Harper's Bazaar about her sexuality, saying she longer cares if it impacts her career

9H ago "Seberg" Red Carpet Arrivals Little baby girl fastened with security belt in safety car seat.

Carmakers to add alerts to prevent child heatstroke deaths

Automakers agree to install technology by 2025 to remind people to retrieve children from a vehicle's back seat

6H ago Little baby girl fastened with security belt in safety car seat. gettyimages-598763578.jpg

Twitter moves to foil hackers after Chloe Grace Moretz's feed hijacked

A tweet from the Hollywood actress's account claimed to reveal Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Social Security number

6H ago gettyimages-598763578.jpg US-LAWS-ABORTION

Need birth control? Planned Parenthood has an app for that

In 27 states, Planned Parenthood patients will be able to purchase birth control options through a new mobile app

9H ago US-LAWS-ABORTION phishing

Ransomware attacks on rise — and small towns are in crosshairs

"We see them because attackers see that they're successful," said one cybersecurity pro of spike in municipal hacks

10H ago phishing FRANCE-INTERNET-TECHNOLOGY-LEWEB12

Google fined $170 million for violating kids' privacy on YouTube

Video platform illegally harvested children's online data without getting their parents' consent, FTC says

5H ago FRANCE-INTERNET-TECHNOLOGY-LEWEB12 0904-ctm-dorianandclimate-berardelli-1926258-640x360.jpg

Is climate change making hurricanes more powerful?

"Almost all the research shows that in the future, hurricanes are likely to get more intense," meteorologist Jeff Berardelli says

10H ago 0904-ctm-dorianandclimate-berardelli-1926258-640x360.jpg Greenpeace Protests Outside DNC Headquarters Urging The Party To Hold A Climate Change Debate

Where the 2020 candidates stand on climate change

Many of the Democratic candidates will be defending their climate plans in six-hour town hall event Wednesday

12H ago Greenpeace Protests Outside DNC Headquarters Urging The Party To Hold A Climate Change Debate Prince Harry — Travalyst

Prince Harry launches travel sustainability initiative

While making the announcement, he also addressed the recent controversy over his and Meghan Markle's use of private jets last month

Sep 3 Prince Harry — Travalyst 0903-ctm-dorianbahamas-begnaud-1925436-640x360.jpg

Devastating images show Dorian ravaging the Bahamas

The deadly storm, which was stuck in place over the island nation, has been pounding the northern Bahamas for nearly two days

Sep 3 0903-ctm-dorianbahamas-begnaud-1925436-640x360.jpg edijejuxyaat-90.jpg

Intense hurricanes like Dorian cause 1,000 times more damage

Research shows Category 5 hurricanes do exponentially greater damage – and we're seeing them much more frequently

Sep 3 edijejuxyaat-90.jpg US-LAWS-ABORTION

Need birth control? Planned Parenthood has an app for that

In 27 states, Planned Parenthood patients will be able to purchase birth control options through a new mobile app

9H ago US-LAWS-ABORTION craig-oxycontin-lawsuit-3-2017-3-29.jpg

Purdue Pharma prepping for a bankruptcy, report says

Lawyers for opioid peddler Purdue Pharma have documents in works for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Reuters reports

8H ago craig-oxycontin-lawsuit-3-2017-3-29.jpg vaping-closeup-620.jpg

Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Governor Gretchen Whitmer accuses e-cigarette companies of using sweet flavors to hook young people on nicotine

12H ago vaping-closeup-620.jpg istock-181397947.jpg

Breaking bad habits of sugary sodas and junk food

New studies find diets consisting mainly of junk foods and sugar-sweetened soft drinks can have devastating, even deadly, health impacts

12H ago istock-181397947.jpg teen-vaping.jpg

Oregon death from lung illness may be linked to vaping

Oregon health officials say they are investigating the death of a person who had severe respiratory illness after using an e-cigarette

13H ago teen-vaping.jpg 22 Dead And 26 Injured In Mass Shooting At Shopping Center In El Paso

Family sues Walmart after both parents were shot in El Paso attack

Lawsuit alleges the retailer failed to protect customers — father remains hospitalized in critical condition

5H ago 22 Dead And 26 Injured In Mass Shooting At Shopping Center In El Paso FRANCE-INTERNET-TECHNOLOGY-LEWEB12

Google fined $170M for violating kids' privacy on YouTube

Video platform illegally harvested children's online data without getting their parents' consent, FTC says

5H ago FRANCE-INTERNET-TECHNOLOGY-LEWEB12 phishing

Ransomware attacks on rise — and small towns are in crosshairs

"We see them because attackers see that they're successful," said one cybersecurity pro of spike in municipal hacks

10H ago phishing craig-oxycontin-lawsuit-3-2017-3-29.jpg

Purdue Pharma prepping for a bankruptcy, report says

Lawyers for opioid peddler Purdue Pharma have documents in works for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Reuters reports

8H ago craig-oxycontin-lawsuit-3-2017-3-29.jpg 4-ways-walmart-is-courting-millennials-5d643cfbd18735000164ffe5-1-aug-26-2019-20-13-28-poster.jpg

Will Walmart's new ammo policy reduce guns on the street?

Because most firearms sales stem from thousands of small gun shops or gun shows, Walmart's impact is unclear

14H ago 4-ways-walmart-is-courting-millennials-5d643cfbd18735000164ffe5-1-aug-26-2019-20-13-28-poster.jpg billy-jack-crutsinger-horizontal.png

Texas man gives 4 minute statement before execution

Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville

1H ago billy-jack-crutsinger-horizontal.png ap6608010465.jpg

America's deadliest mass shootings

These are the deadliest mass shootings in American history

Aug 5 40 photos ap6608010465.jpg Mac Miller

Man arrested in connection to Mac Miller's death

Cameron James Pettit, 28, was taken into custody and has been charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance

2H ago Mac Miller cbsn-fusion-cameron-james-pettit-arrested-mac-miller-death-today-2019-09-04-thumbnail-1927073-640x360.jpg

Man arrested in Mac Miller's death

Cameron James Pettit, 28, is in custody Wednesday on federal charges. Pettit allegedly sold counterfeit pharmaceutical narcotics containing fentanyl to rapper Mac Miller two days before he died of a drug overdose last year. CBSN's Elaine Quijano has more.

3H ago 00:42 cbsn-fusion-cameron-james-pettit-arrested-mac-miller-death-today-2019-09-04-thumbnail-1927073-640x360.jpg cbsn-fusion-greg-craig-not-guilty-lying-to-department-of-justice-2019-09-04-thumbnail-1927090-640x360.jpg

Greg Craig found not guilty of lying to DOJ

Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic attorney and former White House counsel, was found not guilty of lying to the Justice Department about work he had done on behalf of Ukraine in 2012. A federal jury in Washington acquitted Craig after less than four hours of deliberation Wednesday.

3H ago 01:00 cbsn-fusion-greg-craig-not-guilty-lying-to-department-of-justice-2019-09-04-thumbnail-1927090-640x360.jpg cbsn-fusion-president-trump-announces-the-u-s-space-command-is-open-as-part-of-an-approach-to-better-defend-american.jpg

Space

Trump launches U.S. Space Command

President Trump held a Rose Garden event to commemorate the establishment of the U.S. Space Command Thursday, as the president pushes for the creation of his sixth branch of the military, the Space Force. CBS News' Bofta Yimam reports.

Aug 29 01:53 cbsn-fusion-president-trump-announces-the-u-s-space-command-is-open-as-part-of-an-approach-to-better-defend-american.jpg Hurricane Dorian leaves the Caribbean Sea and tracks toward the Florida coast in this NOAA satellite image taken at 10:20 a.m. ET August 29, 2019.

Kennedy Space Center bracing for Hurricane Dorian

NASA is hauling a massive launch gantry off the launch pad to avoid the threat of hurricane winds

Aug 29 Hurricane Dorian leaves the Caribbean Sea and tracks toward the Florida coast in this NOAA satellite image taken at 10:20 a.m. ET August 29, 2019. cbsn-fusion-trump-space-command-ceremony-2019-08-29-thumbnail-1923152-640x360.jpg

Trump establishes U.S. Space Command

President Trump marked the establishment of the U.S. Space Command in the Rose Garden, and unveiled its flag for the first time during a ceremony Thursday afternoon.

Aug 29 03:49 cbsn-fusion-trump-space-command-ceremony-2019-08-29-thumbnail-1923152-640x360.jpg Trump

Trump marks establishment of U.S. Space Command

The president's "Space Force" must receive congressional approval

Aug 29 Trump 082719-hop1.jpg

SpaceX launches "Starhopper" test flight

The Starhopper is testing propulsion systems that will be used in SpaceX's planned heavy lift Starship spacecraft

Aug 27 082719-hop1.jpg Washington Redskins v New England Patriots

Highest-paid NFL players in 2019, ranked

These are the NFL superstars who earn the most cash this season

Aug 29 50 photos Washington Redskins v New England Patriots ashleyfallisparents.jpg

Ashley Fallis death: A family's fight for justice

Was the Colorado mother's 2012 death a suicide, as her husband maintains, or was it murder, as her parents insist?

Aug 24 15 photos ashleyfallisparents.jpg intro-slide.jpg

World's most polluted cities

Air pollution can cause serious health problems for people who are exposed to it, even for just a few minutes

Aug 23 51 photos intro-slide.jpg Fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Brazil

Pictures from the Amazon rainforest fires

A record number of fires have devastated the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and neighboring countries

Aug 22 30 photos Fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Brazil corbett-1.jpg

Jason Corbett murder: A look at the evidence

In August 2015, former FBI agent Tom Martens and his daughter Molly Corbett admitted killing her Irish-born husband Jason Corbett, insisting they beat him in self-defense with a brick paver and a baseball bat because Jason was choking Molly and threatening to kill her

Aug 17 11 photos corbett-1.jpg mcdowell-sneakpeek-1428191-640x360.jpg

Popular

Sneak peek: Storm of Suspicion

"48 Hours" goes behind the scenes with investigators as they search for a mother of two who vanished just before Hurricane Harvey hit. Correspondent Maureen Maher investigates. Watch Saturday, September 7 at 9/8c on CBS.

6H ago 03:39 mcdowell-sneakpeek-1428191-640x360.jpg 0904-cbsn-2020demclimateplan-1927151-640x360.jpg

Democratic candidates tout climate plans

A number of Democratic presidential hopefuls are releasing the details of their climate plans ahead of a series of town halls on the topic of climate change. CBS News 2020 campaign reporters Zak Hudak, Tim Perry, Stephanie Ramirez and Jack Turman have a look at the proposals.

1H ago 08:57 0904-cbsn-2020demclimateplan-1927151-640x360.jpg 0904-cbsn-biden-swt-1927142-640x360.jpg

Joe Biden downplays recent gaffes

Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed a series of recent gaffes during a Wednesday appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." CBS News 2020 campaign reporter Bo Erickson discusses how voters are responding to Biden's recent slip-ups.

1H ago 07:07 0904-cbsn-biden-swt-1927142-640x360.jpg master-influencers-1920x1080-1917185-640x360.jpg

Kid influencers: Few rules, big money

Being a social media influencer is now considered one of the most popular career aspirations for millennials and Gen Z. But experts warn that regulations need to be put in place as younger and younger influencers share their lives on camera. This episode of CBSN Originals looks at the lives of three families whose kids are popular influencers on social media, while exploring some of the dangers implicit in the “kidfluencer” industry.

Aug 23 23:06 master-influencers-1920x1080-1917185-640x360.jpg 0904-cbsn-caboatfirecommunity-1927040-640x360.jpg

Diving community reacts to California boat fire

Thirty-three bodies have now been recovered from Monday's deadly California boat fire and one person is still missing. The NTSB is also investigating the other two ships owned by Truth Aquatic, the parent company that operated "Conception". Dive expert Eric Douglas joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano for a closer look at the tragedy

3H ago 08:18 0904-cbsn-caboatfirecommunity-1927040-640x360.jpg