Florida residents spotted tempting fate as they battle historic Hurricane Ian Wednesday wakeboarding, waving American flags, and even swimming in flooded towns — despite crazy waves that reached more than 18 feet.

As much of the state took steps to prepare for the storm, these Floridians are characteristically threw caution to the wind, despite the potential life-threatening conditions.

The offenders came from towns on the peninsula’s south-west coast that bore the brunt of the then-Category 4 storm – where others flocked to shelter or were trapped on rooftops as water levels rose rapidly.

The reckless antics led to some daredevils being forced to bail out by rescue workers, ignoring warnings from city officials like Gov. Ron DeSantis to stay put and wait out the storm.

Meanwhile, extremely dangerous conditions created by the storm – including the aforementioned flooding and life-threatening storm surges – are expected to persist into Thursday as it moves inland towards the central part of the state.

The increase in weather, however, did not prevent these citizens from getting their fill of storms.

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In Fort Myers, which was nearly without power Wednesday after more than 6 feet of flooding, two seemingly not-so-smart daredevils ventured into the waters off the coastal city despite the seemingly unstoppable flow of water

The reckless stroll by the swimmers on the pier at Boulevard Estero overlooking the Atlantic was caught on surveillance camera and the footage was later posted online by Twitter user @setzeus

The reckless stroll by the swimmers on the pier at Boulevard Estero overlooking the Atlantic was caught on surveillance camera and the footage was later posted online by Twitter user @setzeus

In Fort Myers, which was nearly without power Wednesday after more than 6 feet of flooding, two seemingly not-so-smart daredevils ventured into the waters off the coastal city despite the seemingly unstoppable flow of water.

A reckless stroll by swimmers on a pier off Estero Boulevard overlooking the Atlantic was caught on surveillance camera and later posted online A Twitter user with the nickname @setzeus.

“Category 5 and these idiots are testing fate,” the user wrote in the caption of the clip, which shows the winning swimmers completely overwhelmed by waves caused by a storm surge that officials warned at the time could pose a Category 5 threat.

“Come get them before they’re gone,” a social media user wrote in a sarcastic message aimed at the parents of what appeared to be a young swimmer.

The swimmers came out just after 10 a.m., the timestamp on the video shows, just after the Category 4 storm hit the state’s southwest coast.

It will continue to gobble up palm trees and uproot some of them as it is propelled by 155 mph winds — only the fifth storm in history to make landfall at that speed.

Meanwhile, just a few miles south in coastal Cape Coral, a man also braved the early morning elements to show his patriotic pride by waving an American flag on a deserted street under hurricane-force winds.

Just a few miles south in Cape Coral, also on the coast, a man also braved the elements in the early hours of the morning to show his patriotic pride by waving an American flag on a deserted street under hurricane-force winds.

Just a few miles south in Cape Coral, also on the coast, a man also braved the elements in the early hours of the morning to show his patriotic pride by waving an American flag on a deserted street under hurricane-force winds.

The video was taken shortly after noon about 10 miles south of Fort Myers, the city that experienced the worst of the storm and flooding.

The video was taken shortly after noon about 10 miles south of Fort Myers, the city that experienced the worst of the storm and flooding.

Another cheeky man with a flag was seen in another clip posted on TikTok with a slightly less patriotic message

Another cheeky man with a flag was seen in another clip posted on TikTok with the slightly less patriotic message “F**k Biden” insulting the US President

The video was taken shortly after noon about 10 miles south of Fort Myers, the city that experienced the worst of the storm and flooding.

Fortunately for the flag bearer, despite the strong winds, his excursion took place before conditions in the area quickly deteriorated, with most of the city currently submerged in several feet of water.

The man, who appears to be an aspiring content creator, posted the clip himself and has been safely hidden ever since, according to The New York Post.

Another cheeky man with a flag was seen in another clip posted on TikTok, this one with the slightly less patriotic message of “F**k Biden” insulting the US president.

A few miles to the north, in the also-coastal city of Sarasota, residents also experienced strong winds and slightly less extensive flooding — clearing the way for one brave man to ride a jet ski in the raging ocean.

The footage, shared on social media by Twitter user Hallie Leadbetter, shows the unidentified man bobbing in the water despite strong swells and crashing waves.

A few miles to the north, also in the coastal city of Sarasota, residents also faced high winds and slightly less flooding, clearing the way for one brave man to ride a jet ski in the rough ocean

A few miles to the north, also in the coastal city of Sarasota, residents also faced high winds and slightly less flooding, clearing the way for one brave man to ride a jet ski in the rough ocean

Somehow, despite the surge, the citizen managed to stay upright – the clip has since racked up 2.7 million views.

Another clip, shared by Boston 25 meteorologist Jason Brewer, showed the completely flooded home of a homeowner in nearby Naples who experienced flooding so severe that officials were forced to impose a curfew at 10 p.m.

Other recent media shows some brazen Florida residents surfing the surf in a coastal town being pushed by the wave, seemingly oblivious to the scale of the disaster unfolding around them in real time.

The behavior prompted Naples Mayor Teresa Heitmann to ask residents to stay inside after several had to be rescued from flash flooding.

“We just had some citizens who were paddle boards or thought they could swim,” Heitman told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “The fire department had to save them.”

The mayor criticized this behavior, saying that instead of looking for “fun”, the people of Florida should sit until the storm subsides.

“We still have water in the streets. We have broken power lines, … abandoned cars,” she said. “We really are in a dangerous, devastating situation.”

The eye of the storm is currently about 70 miles south of Orlando as east-central Florida braces for similar conditions to those seen in coastal cities such as Fort Myers and Naples.

Other recent media shows some brazen Florida residents surfing the surf, oblivious to the scale of the disaster unfolding around them in real time.

Other recent media shows some brazen Florida residents surfing the surf, oblivious to the scale of the disaster unfolding around them in real time.

Fort Myers was one of the hardest hit by Ian, with several homes destroyed by his wrath as roads turned into rivers from the tsunami flooding.

Naples and nearby Sanibel Island were also hit by the “historic” hurricane, with pictures of the latter showing a pool at the beach flooded as winds of more than 155mph hit the region.

Images show the extent of the damage on the southwest coast of the Sunshine State, with almost 2 million people without power and forced to sit on their roofs as water levels are reportedly still rising.

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