Coming of the Hurricane Florence, Carolinians ignore calls to evacuate for financial, employment reasons



North Carolina residents underestimation of the Hurricane Florence?

FBN’s Jeff Flock reports on the evacuation preparations in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

As Hurricane Florence, the cargo remains in the direction of the south-east of the V. S., mass evacuations have been ordered in North and South Carolina and Virginia.

Federal officials have urged that in the Category 3 storm’s projected path to leave and seek shelter. If it is still a few hundred miles from the coast, Florence is expected to regain strength and get back into a more potent Category 4 storm.

“Now is the time to finalize your plans to get out,” Joel Cline, a tropical program coordinator with the National Weather Service, told Fox News Tuesday.

Factoring in potentially catastrophic storm surges, devastating flooding and mudslides and a possible loss of power for a long period of time, Cline stresses that the safest way to prepare for Florence along the coast was to heed evacuation warnings.

But not everyone is heeding these calls and getting out of harm’s way is not necessarily as easy as it sounds.


For Charleston native Joshua Walker, waiting for a hurricane is something he was “brought up to deal with” in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He is on board of the windows in his house in the centre of Charleston, and prepared for possible flooding, something he says Charleston residents often have to deal with even when there is not a hurricane and plans to keep his bar, Wine & Company, opened during the week.

Workers cover the windows of the historic Charleston County Courthouse in Charleston, S. C., in preparation for the approaching Hurricane Florence.

(AP Photo/Mic Smith)

“We don’t want people going crazy or dangerous, but when the storm is not the breaking of the city, we are going to open,” Walker told Fox News.

Wine & Company, he said, is located on higher ground and is equipped with hurricane windows and generators.

“We talk about the physical consequences, but there is a lot of psychological weight to sit in a powerless house for three days,” Walker said. “It is nice to have a break, to have a sense of community and seeing other people.”

But for April Ellis, the decision on how to proceed was a financial. Together with her son, a fiance and pets, Ellis lives in Goose Creek, South Carolina – about 15 miles inland from Charleston.

“We talk about the physical consequences [of hurricanes], but there is a lot of psychological weight to sit in a powerless house for three days.”

– Joshua Walker of Charleston, South Carolina

Both Ellis, who works in retail, and her fiance, a contractor, are required to return to work as soon as the emergency is lifted, otherwise they will not get paid, she told Fox News.

“Being a family on a budget with a 15-year-old son and two animals, for evacuating from a storm, it is as if you were on a mini-vacation; it requires money that we don’t have,” Ellis said.


These concerns were reflected by Nicklaus Cox, of Georgetown, South Carolina, about 30 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Cox’s mother is an emergency room nurse who have to work this week, and the family decided not to leave without her.

Cox said, “Without knowing the extent of the damage the hurricane can cause, we could not afford to stay in a hotel for a long period of time should it come to that.”

“Without knowing the extent of the damage the hurricane can cause, we could not afford to stay in a hotel for a long period of time should it come to that.”

– Nicklaus Cox, of Georgetown, South Carolina

“If the damage is bad enough … all of those who evacuate will not be allowed to come back in the area until it is deemed safe by the local authorities,” Cox told Fox News. “Who knows how long that can last?”

If Gordon Reddicks, a 74-year-old owner of the store in Wilmington, North Carolina, he said, he’s been through so many hurricanes already, that he intends to wait. He has already prepared for the worst” the storm could bring.


“After so much, it doesn’t bother me. I drink a few beers, relax, sleep, wake up, watch a little TV,” Reddicks told The Greenville News. “What are you going to do? This is also a part of that.”

South Carolina state troopers working with D. O. T. employees on a ramp to I-26 in Columbia, South Carolina.

(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

The process of evacuation has caused problems for some.

Wednesday morning, more than 624 flights had been canceled by the united states, and almost 5,600 were delayed. Additionally, some of the 429 flights scheduled for Thursday were all grounded, as well as nearly 100 for Friday.

Raleigh-Durham Charlotte Douglas and Charleston International Airports are among the hubs is mainly influenced by Florence. Charleston airport said it expected to start-and landing runways before midnight of Wednesday.

Michelle Stober loaded her valuables Tuesday at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her residence in Cary, North Carolina. But finding fuel for her trip was difficult.

She told The Associated Press that she drove for an hour trying to find gas in Cary, but “everyone was sold out.”

Fox News’ Janine Puhak and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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