Dozens of residents have promised to avoid hurricane Florence when it crashes into the Carolinas on Friday despite authorities warning that people will die.
A woman told MSNBC that she would stay at home in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her two children despite the storm.
While a man who came to be known as Joe, a Carolina contractor, admitted that he was "scared", but said he had survived the storms previously and that he was determined to overcome it.
Another resident who remains despite evacuation orders to more than 1 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia is Jon Wright, a retired firefighter.
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A woman told MSNBC from the beaches of North Carolina that she and her three children were planning to stay
A man named Joe, a local contractor, also said he did not plan to get away from the hurricane.
He plans to board his windows, crouch down and exit the Category 4 storm, according to USA Today.
& # 39; I will not panic. I was a fireman for 42 years. I believe in preparation, "Wright said," It's what it is, we live in a wonderful place, but that's the cost of living here. "
He said he already had wooden planks cut to the right size and said the task would only take him about 30 minutes. The 63-year-old man said he lives right in the middle & # 39; of Cape Fear River, but that is prepared with precooked meals, water, a barrel of rain and other essential items.
Governor Roy Cooper urged residents to prepare now, calling the storm "a monster," and warned that people should not be able to hold on to it.
Power in some areas is likely to last for several days, and swells are expected to flood large areas, he said, including inland regions of the state. Forecasts predict up to 20 inches of rain in some places, but a computer model warned that there could be up to 45 inches, almost four feet.
"Wherever you are in North Carolina, get ready for Florence now," said Governor Cooper. "It's big and it's vicious."
Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen to category 5 on Tuesday with more than 1.5 million people ordered to evacuate as powerful storm barrels head north and south of Carolina.
The National Hurricane Center expects Florence to become a "major, extremely dangerous hurricane" & # 39; Thursday night before touching down
Florence is already a category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph. He changed course overnight, promising to bring even greater devastation to the Carolinas and even parts of Georgia with a storm the size of Michigan that will last several days and cause a "catastrophic" flood with up to four feet of rain and 13-foot storms.
It is expected to get stuck even further on the coasts of the Carolinas before crawling along the east coast of the United States and moving inland before the weekend.
The new trajectory means that the storm will remain idle at sea for longer, creating even stronger and longer rains and storm surges for the Carolinas and possibly in northern Georgia.
At least 25 million residents are at risk from the storm and experts predict that their current path could cause damages up to $ 170,000 million, affect up to 759,000 homes and businesses and become the most expensive to hit the US. UU
Hurricane winds will reach the Carolina coast on Thursday or early Friday.
President Trump issued a warning from the Oval Office on Tuesday, saying the storm is "tremendously large and tremendously wet."
The stores have been emptied of supplies and the stations of service have been dried because the meteorologists warn that Florence will be the worst hurricane in affecting the region in decades