Moments before the announcement, he defended his previous remarks claiming the hurricane would not reach Florida. The commentator claimed climate scientists and the liberal media were in favor of the validity of global warming, which he deemed a "lie".
But on the show Thursday, Limbaugh said he would be off the air for the next few days.
"We'll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown", he promised. "May as well... announce this", Limbaugh said during his Thursday radio show. Limbaugh is based out of Palm Beach, Florida, which is projected to be hit hard by the powerful storm.
Limbaugh did not recant his earlier statements about Irma, and he did not encourage his listeners in the area to evacuate.
If and when he returns, Limbaugh won't be the only climate change denier who may find his own property under several feet of water: Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's golf-course-away-from-home, was evacuated Friday. He reiterated his opposition towards it when providing his thoughts about the inexistence of Hurricane Irma on his radio show Tuesday.
And you can't just fill old milk jugs from the bathtub and forget about it. FEMA says to buy commercially bottled water if at all possible. So here comes a hurricane that's 10 to 12 days out and here come the initial model runs, and if it's close-sometimes it's not close, sometimes the hurricane will turn to the north out in the mid-Atlantic and there's no way you can fake that.
"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 unsafe, and you create the panic, and it's mission accomplished, agenda advanced", Limbaugh continued.
The comments from Limbaugh prompted immediate scrutiny. The conservative figure has been deemed as "crazy" and "irrelevant" by Twitter.
From his Palm Beach studio, Limbaugh said he would prefer to stay put and ride Irma out - except that he won't be able to broadcast without power.
Rush Limbaugh couldn't do that. But it's particularly disgusting that, after Limbaugh told people not to worry about the storm and then made a decision to evacuate, he didn't have the decency to walk back his comments and admonish his listeners to heed warnings about the storm.