Dozens of residents have vowed to ride out Hurricane Florence when it smashes into the Carolinas on Friday despite authorities warning that people will die.
One woman told MSNBC she would be staying at home in Wilmington, NC with her two children despite the storm.
While a man who gave his name as Joe, a contractor from Carolina, admitted he was ‘scared’ but said he had survived storms before and was determined to make it through this one.
Another resident staying put despite evacuation orders to over 1 million people throughout the Carolinas and Virginia is Jon Wright, a retired firefighter.
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One woman told MSNBC from the beaches of North Carolina she and her three kids were planning on staying put
A man named Joe, a local contractor, also said he wasn’t planning on getting away from the hurricane
He plans to board up his windows, hunker down and ride out the Category 4 storm – according to USA Today.
‘I’m not going to panic. I was a firefighter for 42 years. I believe in preparation,’ Wright said. ‘It is what it is. We live in a wonderful place but that’s the cost of living here.’
He said he already has wooden boards cut to the right sizes and said the task should only take him about 30 minutes. The 63-year-old said he lives ‘right smack in the middle’ of Cape Fear River but is prepared with pre-cooked meals, water, a rain barrel and other essentials.
Governor Roy Cooper urged residents to prepare now, calling the storm ‘a monster,’ and warned that people should not count on being able to ride it out.
Power in some areas is likely to be out for several days, and storm surge is expected to flood widespread areas, he said, including inland regions of the state. Forecasts predict as much as 20 inches of rain in some places.
‘Wherever you are in North Carolina, get ready for Florence now,’ Governor Cooper said. ‘It is big and it is vicious.’
Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen to Category 5 status on Tuesday with more than 1.5 million people ordered to evacuate as the powerful storm barrels towards North and South Carolina
The National Hurricane Center expects Florence to turn into ‘an extremely dangerous major hurricane’ on Thursday night before making landfall
Florence is already a Category 4 storm with 130mph winds. It changed course overnight promising to bring even worse devastation to the Carolinas and even parts at Georgia – with the Michigan-sized storm now set to linger for days and cause ‘catastrophic’ flooding with up to four feet of rain and 13-foot storm surges.
It is predicted to stall even more off the coast of the Carolinas before scraping down the US east coast and moving inland before the weekend.
The new trajectory means the storm will idle at sea for longer creating even heavier and prolonged rains and storm surges for the Carolinas and possibly northern parts of Georgia.
At least 25 million residents are at risk from the storm and experts predict its current path could cause up to $170 billion worth of damage, hit up to 759,000 homes and businesses and become the costliest to ever hit the U.S.
Hurricane-force winds will reach the Carolina coasts late Thursday or early Friday.
President Trump issued a warning from the Oval Office on Tuesday, saying the storm is ‘tremendously big and tremendously wet’
Stores have been emptied of supplies and gas stations have run dry as forecasters warn Florence will be the worst hurricane to hit the region in decades