Good Samaritan risks life to rescue cat as raging waters from Hurricane Ian surround it
As Floridians brace for Hurricane Ian which made landfall late Wednesday afternoon, one resident put his life at risk to rescue a feline who was left vulnerable to the raging storm.
A video posted to Twitter by Megan Cruz Scavo has gained massive attention for a display of good humanity in action.
The video, taken in Bonita, on the state’s southwest coast, shows Cruz Scavo’s boyfriend, Michael, wading through the knee-high water, trudging towards an air conditioner unit where a cat was perched on top.
Many residents in southwest Florida were told to evacuate on September 27, but some did not, choosing to hunker down inside their homes.
The man in the video, Michael, gently picks up the animal before wading back through the water to bring the cat indoors to safety
‘My boyfriend saving a cat from flood waters near Bonita Beach,’ the woman captioned the video.
Michael carefully picks up the feline and holds the animal close to his chest as he walks towards shelter.
The video, just 44 seconds long, has amassed more than 620,000 views since it was posted just after noon on September 28.
Cruz Scavo also tagged the video with ‘Hurricane Ian,’ ‘Naples,’ ‘Bonita,’ and ‘Fort Myers,’ all cities currently dealing with or expected to deal with torrential conditions from the tropical storm.
The cat luckily does not fight the man attempting to rescue them from the high waters
Commenters were quick to ask for an update on the situation.
‘Safe,’ the Florida resident said on Twitter when someone asked how the cat was doing. ‘He [Michael] gave it food and water and is inside his parents house.’
She also clarified that the video was taken at Michael’s parents home, located ‘on the beach.’
Cruz Scavo responded to one person asking if someone had left the cat behind by saying ‘I’m not sure — could be a stray.’
The man in the video holds the cat close to his chest to protect it from the water brought in by the ‘catastrophic’ Hurricane Ian
The selfless act displayed in the video is enough to make anyone believe that humans are inherently good, and the comments echo the nature of the video.
‘He’s a keeper! (the boyfriend) (and the cat!),’ said one woman in a reply.
‘I’m sorry, Megan, but he is everyone’s boyfriend now. I don’t make the rules,’ said another person responding to Cruz Scavo’s post.
More than 1 million homes across the state are without power, according to poweroutage.us.
That number could be expected to rise in the coming hours and days.
As of lunchtime, Governor Ron DeSantis also said that he is expecting more than $45 billion in damage from the historic storm.
Hurricane Ian is just the fifth storm in US history to hit the country with wind speeds up to 155 miles per hour.
Hurricane Ian makes landfall on southern coast of Florida, leaving more than one million residents in the Sunshine State without power
DeSantis had previously warned that the tropical storm would cause ‘catastrophic’ flooding and urged residents to heed evacuations and warnings issued by the state.
‘Mother nature is a very fearsome adversary, please heed those evacuation warnings. You could see power outages, inland flooding, various types of tree damage from wind so be prepared for that.’
Pictures show water receding from Tampa Bay, due to the movement of the hurricane, as the same phenomenon happened just before Hurricane Irma hit.
Tampa, north of Bonita, is bracing for 6ft storm surge before landfall this afternoon, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis telling those who have remained in the red evacuation zones that it is time to ‘hunker down’ and ‘prepare for the storm.’
Officials have warned that the storm surge could reach 18ft, with deadly winds and flooding along the state’s heavily populated Gulf Coast from Bonita Beach to the Tampa Bay region – with rainfall reaching 18 inches.