It’s too early to assess the physical damage that Florida’s close encounter with Hurricane Dorian will cause.

But it looks like we’ve taken another direct hit to our reputation.

This is what happens when we tell “Florida Man” to just hunker down and wait. Florida Man doesn’t just wait. Florida Man gets ideas.

Florida Man starts figuring things out that nobody else has figured out. Florida Man says, “Watch this!”

Two years ago, as Hurricane Irma was on a path to move up the spine of the state, two Florida men, Ryon Edwards and Zeke Murphy, while in the throes of boredom, decided to have a little fun.

They started a Facebook event page called “Shoot at Hurricane Irma,” calling on their fellow Floridians to shoot at the storm at the same time on the same day.

“Let’s show Irma that we shoot first,” the Facebook page said.

It was a joke, but 29,564 people said that they were “going” to the event. And that caused enough alarm that the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office issued an advisory to urge citizens not to shoot at the hurricane.

“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons at Irma,” the office advisory read. “You won’t make it turn around, and it will have very dangerous side effects.”

The advisory showed a graphic that depicted the fired bullets spiraling up in the storm and then falling back to Earth.

The pranksters behind the post were scolded by some that their satire was poorly calibrated.

“There are some idiots out there that would take you seriously and go out and do this, possibly injuring or killing someone,” a poster, Marie Herd Brooks, wrote. “It’s irresponsible to promote something so dangerous when you know there are stupid people out there that might actually do it.”

Yes, it’s never a good idea to overestimate the intelligence of Florida Man.

So, it looks like every hurricane that comes through Florida from now on will include advisories for gun-toting Floridians not to shoot at the storm.

“PSA: Florida residents reminded not to open fire on Hurricane Dorian” made the rounds this week on social media as the hurricane approached.

But Florida’s not a state to rest on its laurels, or to imagine that a new form of embarrassment isn’t possible.

Which brings us to a new Florida Man, the undisputed star of Hurricane Dorian.

The unnamed man, wearing a flowered shirt and standing in front of a mobile home park in Palm Bay, was speaking to a Florida Today newspaper reporter when he sounded off on his solution to dealing with Hurricane Dorian.

“I can’t see how they haven’t come out with some kind of way to combat the storms yet,” he said. “They keep saying two days ago, three days ago, ‘Oh, it’s going to hit all this warm weather and warm water.’

“We have a Navy. Why don’t the Navy come and drop ice in the warm water so it doesn’t get going as fast as it’s going?” he asked. “There’s got to be ways of combat this instead of pointing at it and saying, ‘It’s getting worse.’

“Yeah, we know it’s getting worse, but you tell us, ‘Oh, it’s the warm weather. Oh, it’s the wind.’

“We have an Air Force. Drive the Air Force planes around and get the winds going the other way. Get the Navy to go in circles to fight it going the other way.”

This Florida Man has already become a hit on social media, and has, in a way, made the guys who suggested shooting at the storm seem like Nobel laureates.

In other news, a part-time Florida Man has reportedly mused about using nuclear weapons to divert hurricanes.

Frank Cerabino (fcerabino@pbpost.com) is a columnist for the Palm Beach Post.