'Great idea': Man's unusual Hurricane Dorian hack goes viral

A man was so concerned his Smart car might ‘blow away’ he parked his vehicle inside his kitchen.

As Florida residents prepared for the category two storm that has devastated the Bahamas, Jessica Eldridge’s husband, Patrick, had a creative plan to protect one of his most valuable possessions.

“My husband was afraid his car might blow away and my car is in the garage.” Ms Eldridge, from Jacksonville, posted on Facebook – along with a few photos of how the family was living with the new addition to their family kitchen.

A Florida man has parked his Smart car inside his kitchen to protect it from Hurricane Dorian. Source: Jessica Eldridge

The average Smart car weighs just under 1000kg, compared to the couple’s SUV parked in the garage. SUVs on average weigh more than double that of a Smart car.

As they only have limited room in their garage, the couple had to make some hard choices and decide which car would be left outside to face the storm.

But Mr Eldridge loves his Smart car and drove the tiny car through their backyard, and through the folding doors into the kitchen.

The family includes three young boys and three dogs who have all adjusted to life with the new kitchen feature.

The photos of the Smart car’s new ‘garage’ have gone viral online. At the time of publication, the post has been shared more than 64,000 times on Facebook since September 3.

“That poor Smart car might not have made it through the high winds. What a great idea,” one person responded.

Some people were amazed at just how small the car was.

“The dogs are almost the same size,” one person said.

“Looking like an incident from [the film] ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’,” another person pointed out.

“Aww you got the dogs a chew toy,” a third person joked.

Ms Eldridge is pretty happy to keep the car in their kitchen until the high winds die down and has made her realise just how versatile the humble car can be.

“Did you see all that room we still have? That car really is doing big things for this family,” she posted.

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