Chris Tarantino from Rochester, NY was just your regular, ordinary average FEMA contractor on a business trip when he found himself at the center of a "spider tornado," two words that really shouldn't go together unless as the title of a movie on the Sy Fy channel. Tarantino was in Fort Myers, FL (aka America's Australia) on Thursday to teach the state's emergency workers about social media for disaster response and recovery. So at least he has some experience with disasters and social media.
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Tarantino had just returned to his Hertz rental car after lunch when he reached into the backseat for his backpack and noticed that said backseat had turned into a horror movie. He told Fort Meyers News-Press, "It wasn’t until I looked a few times that I realized the gravity of the situation. It was like a spider tornado hit the front seat. I’m just glad they didn’t decide to hatch while I was driving, or else I’d be dead." He had planned on driving the car back to Hertz to exchange it for another one when he realized that Spider Central was right near the gas pedal. The spiders were too small for him to get pictures of, but he said it looked like the seat was "crawling." So maybe no on the driving it back to the rental place.
Tarantino (which, it must be noted, is not far from "tarantula") took to Twitter to share his nightmare/beg for help.
Of course, the weather people on Twitter were quick to "actually" him about his use of the word "tornado" in reference to the current spider weather conditions of his car.
But all's well that ends well (except for the wee baby spiders that were just struggling to make it in an inhospitable world)—Tarantino called on his emergency response skills to get him through his ordeal.
Hopefully the rest of his trip's weather involved a lot fewer spiders. Although, it is Florida.