- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a Category 4, Gov. Rick Scott is urging Floridians near the coast to evacuate and President Obama has preemptively declared a state of emergency for the Sunshine State.

But Palm Beach, Florida, resident Robert Matthew Van Winkle, better known by his stage name Vanilla Ice, is planning to ride it out.

“This hurricane is serious and coming right at me. I’m going to ride out the storm. I’ll keep you updated,” the rapper tweeted Thursday morning.

Suffice to say, his tweet has generated a lot of joking replies, including at least one urging the celebrity to “stop Evacuate and listen.” 

Oddly enough, Mr. Van Winkle has good reason to have hit the road anyway. According to his website, Vanilla Ice is scheduled to headline an “I Love the 90’s!” concert Friday night at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.

Salt N Pepa, Kid ‘n Play, All 4 One, Coolio and Young MC are the other artists slated to perform.

Area airports, such as Palm Beach International, however, are seeing numerous commercial-airline cancellations in advance of Hurricane Matthew’s approach toward south Florida.

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