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People are using Hurricane Florence evacuations pickup lines on Tinder
- People who are evacuating are using storm-themed pickup lines on dating apps.
- It's actually working.
- Claire Tran, a 21-year-old based out of , told INSIDER that she's encountered at least 10 people on Tinder who are escaping the storm.
- Lauren Yeary, a 26-year-old based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, told INSIDER she's matched with several people who are treating their evacuation "like an impromptu vacation."
- People think it's funny, but also bleak.
It was Wednesday evening when Claire Tran noticed something unusual on Tinder.
Within an hour of browsing, the 21-year-old who lives in Washington, DC, said she saw at least 10 profiles that referenced evacuating Hurricane Florence in some capacity. The Category 2 storm is expected to make landfall somewhere near the border between North and South Carolina on Friday, (NHC), bringing life-threatening storm surge and rainfall.
But more than a few people have decided to, as they say, make the best of a less-than-ideal situation.
"There's a surprising number of people on DC Tinder from North and South Carolina that are just here for Hurricane Florence," Tran tweeted. "Literally have 'hurricane evacuee' or 'just escaping the hurricane' as their bio."
Speaking to INSIDER, she said the pickup lines and bios were just as absurd as you might assume.
According to Tran, some people's bios said things like "Hurricane evacuee," "Visiting from NC, hurricane season," and "Got evacuated from SC so let's hurricane and chill?"
Tran said that the people she's matched with have been surprisingly casual about evacuating their homes for the storm.
"I asked this guy about the process of evacuating, and he was like, 'It was scary lol. Yeah, my school finna be wreckeedddddd,' He just seemed bored and didn't know what to do with his time in DC. " she said."Then I asked this other guy how long he was here and he was like, 'Not a damn clue, my home is getting destroyed.'"
Another guy told Tran that he and his friends planned to "party every night for the next three days" while they waited for the storm to pass.
Mackenzie Leone, a 24-year-old travel nurse who lives in Greenville, North Carolina, told INSIDER that a Tinder match also invited her to a so-called "hurricane party."
"I'm over here like wait, what? I'm just trying to snuggle up with my dog until it's over. I come from a place where it snows a ton so I assume hurricanes for people here are like what snow is for me and everyone at home," she said. "You get 'snowed in' and have parties. People here are literally celebrating a huge storm about to happen and it's hilarious to me!"
"I've had one person ask me to be his 'hurricane buddy' and another guy even offered to come pick me up and take me back to his place to hang out before conditions get too bad to make sure I'm ok since I'm here all by myself," she said. "Maybe my soul mate is out there in the storm somewhere."
But Lauren Yeary, a 26-year-old insurance agent from Knoxville, Tennessee, isn't taking hurricane Tinder too seriously.
"Nothing of depth has been said [in my conversations with Hurricane Florence evacuees]," she said. "However, those I have spoken with are just trying to enjoy themselves [they're] treating it like an impromptu vacation."
KP, a 23-year-old rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina, said the people he's matched with have had mixed feelings about the hurricane's potential path of destruction.
"Some were kind of upset about what the hurricane would do but as a college student, a hurricane means no class so it's kinda bittersweet," he said. "You just gotta hope it's not too bad and class or work gets canceled anyway."
Although he added that it's not particularly the best circumstances to meet someone new. "Of course it's bad that they have to relocate because of a storm, but I just think it's funny how it makes Tinder turn up like that," he said.
And it's not just hurricane evacuees that are turning to Tinder in droves. Apparently, people are creating fictional dating profiles for Hurricane Florence herself.
But Tran, who is currently in DC to complete an editorial fellowship with The Atlantic's CityLab, has never seen anything like hurricane Tinder before. And she's not really sure what to make of it, all things considered.
"I'm from Sacramento, California, and never really had to evacuate for anything, so I was kind of just amazed at how nonchalant they were," she said.
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