The mandate from officials on the ground along the Eastern Seaboard has been clear: Hurricane Florence is coming — get out.
But as many residents have been evacuating and leaving their homes behind, not everyone chose to leave.
Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant on Thursday in Atlantic Beach, N.C., as Hurricane Florence approaches the coast.
Paul Richter and Tony Stockman, former Medina residents now living in the Carolinas, chose to hunker down and stay in their homes.
“Actually, the course it’s taking right now, we’re kind of in a little less danger, said Richter, who lives in Durham, North Carolina, about 130 miles northwest of the coast. “Probably what we expect to get is some winds and, you know, a lot of rain.”
Durham is not in the forecast direct line of the storm that will be hitting the coast, but it is right on the edge of the storm.
“We’re on the edge, but we’re all ready for power outages from trees falling,” said Richter.
He lives on a 42-acre plot of land in Durham.
While many families stock up on bottled water for storms like this, Richter is one of the few who didn’t need to.
“We have a generator that kicks on so we can run our well pump,” he said. “It runs our heater and all that kind of stuff. We do have a certain supply of water bottles, but not as much as most people because we are actually able to run our well so we shouldn’t run out of water.”
Richter said that most people, who don’t have access to generators, do stock up.
“There’s no water anywhere. You can’t find bottled water anywhere right now,” he said.
Stockman, of Columbia, South Carolina, is one of the many residents who did have to stock up on water and other supplies.
Columbia, about 150 miles inland from Myrtle Beach, is one of the areas expecting a direct hit from Florence.
Stockman said he chose to stay with his wife and five kids and ride out the storm.
“We live in Columbia, so we’re a little ways off the coast … so we decided to stay and made sure we got a lot of water and nonperishable foods and all that,” he said.
Stockman got a supply of water, canned food, dry cereal and more to last for a few weeks. The family, who has a son with a disability, picked up additional medication.
Originally, the storm was not supposed to directly hit Columbia and, as a result, Stockman and his family decided to stay. Since then, the storm changed direction.
“We are a little worried about trees falling and stuff like that,” he said.
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