While thousands of people evacuate the east coast to avoid the fury of Hurricane Florence that spews billions of gallons of rain and barrels into the cities with its winds of 106 mph, some brave souls stay to experience the storm in all its violent glory.
Jimmy Buffett led a score of adrenaline junkies waiting for the storm to arrive while he was heading to Folly Beach in South Carolina to surf the waves.
Posing with a surfboard and thumbs up, the 71-year-old musician quoted his own lyrics: "I'm not afraid to die, I do not need to explain, I like to surf in a hurricane."
"On a serious note: respect mother nature, be safe and listen to local authorities," he added in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
As Hurricane Florence rushed toward East Coast musician Jimmy Buffett and other surfers headed for the water, the musician thumbed his surfboard up on Folly Beach in South Carolina on Wednesday.
Jenna, a resident of Oak City, North Carolina, says she is coming out of the storm because the impending chaos is "an adrenaline rush"
Other surfers seemed to have the same idea. Surfer Mike Martin in the photo heads to ride the storm swells in Charleston
While thousands of people evacuated the Carolinas, the daring surfers headed to Folly Beach to handle storm surges on Thursday.
Surf & # 39; s Up! A surfer rides the rise of the waves as Hurricane Florence turns to the Carolina coast on Thursday
You can not get enough: a surfer catches a wave in Folly Beach to ride the storm surges that began flooding the Carolinas on Thursday
On Thursday afternoon, Florence's eye was 85 miles east-south east of Wilmington, North Carolina, creeping at 5 mph
Other surfers seemed to have the same idea as Buffett and went to the popular surfing site to ride the rare waves on the coast of South Carolina while thousands of residents evacuated.
The mayor of Folly Beach closed the bridge over the island on Wednesday night and encouraged residents to observe the mandatory evacuation announced Monday.
A resident of Oak City, North Carolina, called Jenna, says she is not evacuating because waiting for the eye of the storm is "an adrenaline rush."
At this point, I'm going to stay as long as I can. There is a chance that they will not close the bridge if you have suffered gusts of 40 mph. So, until they close the bridge, I'll be here, "he said in an interview with MSNBC.
It's an adrenaline rush. You know, you can not control Mother Nature. She does not make exceptions. And as a surfer, you never see waves that big except during hurricanes. So it's a bit surreal to see them here, "he added according to Raw Story.
While adrenaline junkies were headed for the water, many embarked on their business writing "No Flos Allowed".
Evacuated: a local bank was covered with plywood and abandoned in New Bern, North Carolina, while thousands of people evacuated
The storm began to impact the Carolina coast on Thursday with the wild waves that flood the states with water, Snapchat footage of the damage pictured above.
Water from the Neuse River flooded the houses as Hurricane Florence approached the coast on Thursday in New Bern, North Carolina.
The residents were submerged up to their waists in the water while the water of the Neuse River flooded its banks and flooded the city
Shelter: Residents took refuge in a Red Cross shelter preparing for the impact of Hurricane Florence in Grantsboro, North Carolina.
A work truck can barely see the road in front of him as Hurricane Florence blows through Swansboro, North Carolina
Residents who did not flee from the east coast were drenched in the flooding of the Neuse River
Residents toured the unrecognizable streets flooded in makeshift boats made of a metal tub and fishing floats
Floods are just the beginning as Florence could pour 10 trillion gallons of water in the south
Waves crash around the Oceana pier in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, when the outer edges of Hurricane Florence will affect the coast on Thursday
Huge waves lashed the beaches of North Carolina as the hurricane rolled bringing heavy rain
Other residents of North Carolina refuse to leave and are preparing their homes and preparing for the inevitable blow.
"It's a very serious storm, but it could hit anywhere in North Carolina, so where are we going to run? So we'll stay home and hold on," said 64-year-old Wilmington man Mickey Gentry. NBC
To prepare, Gentry closed his windows, filled his bathtub with water and has been storing his family's belongings.
Gentry, who has waited beyond the hurricanes, says he is still obsessed by memories of the storms that hit his hometown.
& # 39; The noise, that wind whistle, will drive you crazy. It will be put in your psyche. I still get scared, "he said.
On Thursday, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said that those who wanted to escape the hurricane were probably too late.
& # 39; At this point in time, with the wind starting to come in now, I think it's too late. The window has been closed, "he said.
North Carolina already felt the impact of the storm on Thursday when storms flooded New Bern's demolition houses and sent residents through the streets in six-foot deep water boats.
The waves flowed over the sand dunes on the coast as well, rushing into the residential streets.
North Carolina felt the first bite of the monstrous Hurricane Florence on Thursday when the outer bands of wind and rain from the life-threatening storm pounced on the East Coast of the United States. UU., Florence photographed from space
Floods are expected to flood the east coast with North Carolina having its first taste on Thursday afternoon
Extreme rainfall is also flooding the Carolinas with 12.73 inches counted on Thursday night in Atlantic Beach.
North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Florence issued emergency reinforcement statements for the eye of the storm to land on Friday.
By Thursday, the waves of the category 2 storm hit the coast and left 90,000 people without electricity, according to ABC.
Florence is forecast to shed up to 40 inches of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in northern and southern Carolina on Thursday night or Friday and will cause storm surges of up to 13 feet and tornadoes in North Carolina. .
In general, the storm is forecast to shed up to 10 trillion gallons of rain in the south.
On Thursday night, Florence's eye was 85 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was creeping at 5 mph, according to The Weather Channel.
Florence's look could reach land early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line. From there, the storm is like planning over the coast on Saturday, pushing up to 13 feet (almost 4 meters) of swells and discharging water in both states.
More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to vacate. The National Weather Service said that about 5.25 million people live in areas under warning or hurricane watch, and 4.9 million in places covered by warnings or warnings of tropical storms.