Despite Warnings Of 'Monster' Hurricane Florence, Some East Coasters Still Refuse To Evacuate

Valerie Sizelove

As the Inquisitr reported Tuesday, already 1.5 million people have evacuated the East Coast in preparation for the impending Hurricane Florence disaster. The Category 4, and potentially soon Category 5, hurricane has warranted strong warnings from local, state, and federal governments that everyone needs to clear the area. It is now estimated that the hurricane could produce rainfall from 15 to 30 inches in some areas targeted by the storm, along with other disastrous conditions.

Still, many Carolina and Virginia residents in the danger zone are ignoring mandatory evacuation orders, instead choosing to "stick it out" through the storm. Tuesday, USA Today took to interviewing some of the people who are going to stay in their homes. One citizen of the area, John Wright, is a retired fireman originally from New York. Wright claims that he is prepared to weather the storm with 42 years of firefighter emergency training.

"I believe in preparation. It is what it is. We live in a wonderful place but that's the cost of living here."

"I'm going to get these children off to their mom-in-laws. I'm staying put and post-hurricane we'll be looking to help some people. I'm going to check on my house and make sure everything is good there then break out the old chainsaw and go help some folks."

With so many staying behind, the Huffington Post issued an article outlining ways to convince loved ones to leave the area. Reportedly, Sarah DeYoung, who works at the University of Georgia's Insitute for Disaster Management, emphasized that people need to realize this storm is like none before.

"Families have different dynamics, but if you are trying to convince someone to leave, make sure first that they have the resources to do so. Offer a place for them and their pets to stay that makes the evacuation more feasible. Help connect them with transportation, a sheltering location and other supplies they might need," DeYoung said.