How One Man Saved His Car From Hurricane Matthew in His Living Room
Originally published by Travel + Leisure
While some Florida residents were battening down the hatches, one Instagram user decided to secure his BMW E30 M3 from Hurricane Matthew in an incredibly creative way: by parking it inside of his house.
Randy Jalil of Port St Lucie, Florida, measured the double doors of his house to make sure that he had enough room for the car and then drove it right in. The car stayed safely inside Jalil's living room for the duration of the storm.
Jalil has owned the car for over eight years, but it had recently seen a spike in value. "This car is absolutely my pride and joy and I will own it for years to come," Jalil told Jalopnik, a car website. "I currently drive the car daily and enjoy it as much as possible."
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Since the storm, Instagram posts of Jalil eating morning cereal and sleeping near the car have gained widespread attention. Both the automobile and its owner were in pristine condition after the storm.
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However, others nearby weren't so lucky. On its path upward, the hurricane killed four in Florida and damaged property across the state, knocking out power for more than 1 million people. While it passed across the Caribbean, the hurricane killed 877 people in Haiti. The National Weather Service warned that some places severely impacted by the hurricane could be uninhabitable for weeks, or even months.