By , Christian Gollayan
Published September 15, 2018
As Hurricane Florence lashes the Carolinas, some locals and visitors are firing up their Tinder to find dates.
Claire Tran, a 21-year-old journalist in Washington, DC, told Insider she’s seen more than 10 Tinder profiles with bios referring to the Category 1 storm.
“There’s a surprising [number] of people on DC Tinder from North and South Carolina that are just here for Hurricane Florence,” Tran wrote on Twitter. “Literally have ‘hurricane evacuee’ or ‘just escaping the hurricane’ as their bio.”
Tran told Insider that her Tinder matches’ bios included pickup lines like “Got evacuated from SC so let’s hurricane and chill?”
Some people are even trying to meet up during the storm according to Mackenzie Leone, a 24-year-old travel nurse who lives in Greenville, NC.
“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 others are just using Tinder to escape during a dangerous situation.
“Nothing of depth has been said [in my conversations with Hurricane Florence evacuees],” Lauren Yeary, a 26-year-old insurance agent from Knoxville, Tennessee, told Insider. “However, those I have spoken with are just trying to enjoy themselves [they’re] treating it like an impromptu vacation.”
But Tran is still perplexed why people would get on a dating app in the middle of a storm.
“I feel like if I were escaping a life-threatening hurricane that could destroy my house I wouldn’t even be changing my bio and trying swiping on Tinder,” she said.