They thought she was literally swimming up s–t’s creek.
What do you do when in the eye of the hurricane? Go for a dip of course. A Florida resident sparked waves of concern across the panhandle when she was filmed swimming through a flooded street during Hurricane Idalia.
A video of her doing laps amid disaster has amassed over 1.3 million views on TikTok as viewers wondered if the activity was safe or even sanitary.
“This was truly ‘the perfect storm,’” Lexi DeLeon, 23, told Jam Press of her mid-deluge dip, which occurred at 4:45 a.m. on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County.
This came right before the Category 3 storm battered the panhandle, knocking out power lines, ripping roofs off houses and inundating entire neighborhoods with water.
“Being born and raised here, I have been through several hurricanes and storms but this is the first one that has caused this much damage and flooding,” she lamented.
However, instead of running for cover, DeLeon decided to take advantage of the Atlantis-esque surroundings by going for an early morning paddle down one of the streets-cum-canals.
In the nail-biting clip, the Floridian can be seen doing laps through the rising floodwaters of a submerged neighborhood in the pitch dark.
At one point, garbage bins and furniture float past the storm swimmer while other shots show inundated fences, lamp posts and signs like a scene out of the 2012 tsunami thriller “The Impossible.”
DeLeon quickly found herself in the eye of the social media storm with many viewers expressing concerns that the water may have been contaminated with pathogens.
“Stay out of the water and wash your hands a lot!” wrote one well-wisher. “Hugs from Pensacola.”
“Last year during Ian we had dead animals floating through the flood water….” said another.
Indeed, this past fall, flesh-eating infections spiked across the panhandle as people were exposed to standing waters and floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Some of these bacteria were reportedly caused by sewage spills, suggesting DeLeon could literally be swimming up s–t’s creek with her recent stunt.
And maelstrom-caused microbes weren’t the only potential risk, according to viewers.
“Be careful with snakes and gators,” warned a third, invoking the plot to the 2019 thriller “Crawl,” in which alligators menace a town during a hurricane.
Another commenter said, “Why would you swim in that. During Ian there were alligators swimming down my street. And Snakes.”
“Forget the animals and crocodiles and alligators watch for power lines down cause you’re gonna get electrocuted,” wrote a third.
Fortunately, DeLeon emerged largely unscathed from her swim and the hurricane in general.
“My house personally is OK thankfully, but I have friends and family who have significant flooding throughout their homes,” the relieved gal recalled. “My van is OK as well, I was prepared and got it secured down and parked at a higher elevation at my grandpa’s house off the island.”
She added, “I want to say how blessed, lucky, and grateful we are that we only got the damage that we did.”
DeLeon says she is currently “praying and thinking of all the counties above that are not so lucky.”
“The storm makes me feel scared and sad for everyone affected,” the content creator lamented.
Hurricane Idalia reportedly made landfall at around 7:45 a.m. on Thursday in the Sunshine State, bringing with it 125 mph winds and a 15-foot storm surge.
All told, at least three people died in the storm while a whopping 270,000 were left without power.
Idalia was recently upgraded to a category 4 storm as it barrels its way towards South Carolina.
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