As thousands of people across Florida seek shelter from Hurricane Matthew, some brave – or stupid – residents have opted to party and even surf as the deadly storm hit US shores. People across the state held ‘Hurricane Parties’ at home, while others hit the beach in bikinis or took their dogs for a walk just feet from the wild waves. Pictures taken on Thursday showed some Floridians packed into bars on the beach, seemingly more committed to Happy Hour than evacuating the under-threat area.

One bar in Fort Lauderdale was particularly busy, with dozens of people crowding into the Elbo Room. The crowd happily tossed back beers and sang along with a guitar player while a smaller group of revelers partied at another bar one block over.  Although Fort Lauderdale was initially in Matthew’s crosshairs, forecasters said the hurricane didn’t move inland as far south as first expected. READ MORE