Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh is leaving his South Florida home despite criticising the media’s warnings over Hurricane Irma as part of a “deep state” conspiracy to promote climate change.
“May as well … announce this. I’m not going to get into the details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow,” Limbaugh said Thursday on his radio show, which is broadcast from a studio in South Florida.
“Tomorrow is going to be problematic,” Limbaugh said. “Tomorrow, I think, would be legally impossible to originate the show from here.”
He added that he’ll be back on the air next week from “parts unknown.” Mark Steyn filled in Friday.
Parts of South Florida are under storm-surge and hurricane warnings as of Friday, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned all 20 million Florida residents should be “prepared to evacuate” as the storm approaches.
Limbaugh said on his show on Tuesday that the “liberal media” was hyping up Hurricane Irma to advance the “climate change agenda.”
“So there is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it. You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic,” Limbaugh said. “You don’t need a hurricane to hit anywhere.”
“All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent and bigger and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced,” he added.
Though Limbaugh is evacuating, he noted on his show that his views are “documented to be almost always right 99.8% of the time,” despite his initial claims that Hurricane Irma would curve into the Atlantic and miss Florida.
Irma, a Category 4 hurricane packing winds of over 140 mph on Friday afternoon, is expected to hit Florida early Sunday morning.