No matter how devastating or catastrophic a hurricane or typhoon is predicted to be, there will inevitably be some people who refuse to evacuate and insist on riding the storm out-and with Hurricane Florence getting ready to assault the Carolinas, some residents of coastal areas in North and SC are doing exactly that. He estimated around 1 million people have evacuated. Duke anticipates 1 million to 3 million of their 4 million customers in the Carolinas will lose power from Florence.
Even though the storm's category fell from a 4 to a 2 Wednesday (local time), forecasters stressed the category is only an evaluation of the storm's peak winds in a very narrow core near the center of the storm. If the storm makes landfall as a Category 2, these winds will be damaging, sustained at up to 160km/h or so with higher gusts.
Despite days of warnings to evacuate, some residents are staying put - even if they don't want to.
In the tiny community of Sea Breeze near Wilmington, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptized because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here" later.
The governor said those were "early warnings of the days to come". "I am frightened about what's coming. That's the second story of a house", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning.
"I was just kind of planning to leave on Sunday evening, but it looked a little risky and I got kind of fortunate that work was canceled", said one passenger departing Charlotte Thursday.
Cooper also wanted to remind folks to not drive on roads covered by water, and to stay away from doors and windows during the worst of the storm. "Today the threat becomes a reality".
And about 46 miles north of Emerald Isle in New Bern about 150 people were waiting to be rescued from rising flood waters, WXII-TV reported.
"We'll operate without power; we have candles".
Officials pleaded with residents across the Carolinas to treat the storm as a deadly threat.
Using computer graphics The Weather Channel showed how far inland Hurricane Florence's surge can reach, following low-lying streams.
The storm will be a test of President Donald Trump's administration less than two months before elections to determine control of Congress.
Florence is widely seen as a test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), whose capabilities were stretched thin previous year as it responded to three major hurricanes. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths ... Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000".
Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.
"We are truly pre-positioned as best we can be, based on what we know", FEMA administrator William "Brock" Long said during a briefing Thursday.