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After initially dismissing Irma 'panic,' Rush Limbaugh evacuated his home in Florida

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh evacuated his home in Florida on Friday after he claimed earlier in the week that the media was blowing Hurricane Irma out of proportion.

"May as well announce this: I’m not going to get into 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 on his show Thursday.

“We’ll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown... Tomorrow will be problematic. Legally impossible for us to originate the program out of here.”

Earlier this week, the host was critical of news coverage on Hurricane Irma, a storm that is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend.

“Here comes a hurricane, local media goes on the air, ‘Big hurricane coming, oh, my God! Make sure you got batteries. Make sure you got water. It could be the worst ever. Have you seen the size of this baby? It’s already a Cat 5. Oh, my God, oh, my God, it’s bigger than the island of Haiti. Oh, my God.’ People run to the stores, they stock up everything, and they hoard. And they end up with vacant stores, nothing there. And it’s a big success. TV stations got eyeballs, the advertising businesses have sold out of business, gotta restock and the cycle repeats,” he said on his broadcast Tuesday.

“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.

Hurricane Irma was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm Friday morning.

Thousands of people have evacuated their homes in anticipation of the storm.

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