Florida man with an AMERICAN flag, takes on Hurricane Florence
Video: Lane Pittman shows patriotism, the AMERICAN flag against a hurricane.
A shirtless man ignored the warnings of local authorities and walked down a street in Myrtle Beach, S. C. on Friday morning, staring in a powerful hurricane — for the third time.
Despite officials urging evacuations, or, at the very least, safe battening down the hatches at home, Lane Pittman was captured on film by an American flag during the headbanging to heavy metal music like Florence 85 km / h wind and rain pelted him.
“Just free and American. I leave nothing to suppress me, especially not a dang freaking hurricane,” he told Fox Business Network reporter Kristina sinevelos, who spoke with him after his stunt…if he tried to repair a flat tire.
When asked if he is doing this to go viral, he replied, “I already viral.”
HURRICANE FLORENCE PATH: THE TRACK OF THE STORM HERE
Pittman, who is from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, became Internet famous in 2015 after Fox News wrote about Neptune Beach Policeissuing Pittman a quote for the breach of the peace as he played a raw guitar rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — and a verse of Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold” — during a July 4 celebration.
Are proud of the American flag, and carried over to 2016, when he looks down, a Category 2 Hurricane Mathew without a shirt on and hold the flag — headbanging the whole time Slayer hit “Raining Blood.” His ginger locks flowed behind him in the fierce winds that sometimes reached 40 mph.
“Had a request for her performance during the ‘cane. I have given,” he wrote on Facebook at the moment in a post that has been viewed more than 27 million times.
Pittman back for the Hurricane Irma of last year, the posting of a video showing him jamming to heavy metal music on the beach and holding the American flag.
This year, Pittman started a GoFundMe page to pay for gas and coffee as he drove from Florida to South Carolina. He earned $190 in less than a day.
FULL COVERAGE OF HURRICANE FLORENCE
Hurricane Florence made arrive as a strong Category 1 storm around 7:15 a.m., Friday morning, in the neighborhood of Wrightsville Beach, N. C. A few hours after landfall, forecasters said the hurricane was slowly made her way to the south along the coast with a constant wind of 80 km / h.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang