After Days Of Dire And Clear Warnings Many Choose To Ride Out Deadly Hurricane Florence With First Responders
Hurricane Florence was a beast. It grew in the Atlantic Ocean to be one of the most threatening storms the U.S. east coast has ever seen. It continues to pour torrential rains upon the southeastern states.
For about a week in advance meteorologists, weather bureaus, and government agencies were warning residents in the Carolinas to evacuate their homes to seek higher ground. Over 1 million people did evacuate. But there were many thousands more who did not.
“We’ve evacuated before,” explains Beth Davenport of New Bern, NC who stayed in harm’s way with her young daughter. “But then we sit in a safe place and watch it all take place. We spend all of that money and don’t get the full experience. We’ve seen multiple rescues on TV, but have never been part of one. We pay for our first responders, and yet we don’t use them like we should. So this time we stayed, and sure enough, the flood waters came into the house. We went to our roof like we knew we were supposed to do, and eventually some rescuers risked their lives to come get us in 60 mph winds.”
Davenport was generally pleased with the rescue experience, but did have one complaint. “They were a little slow. My daughter was super scared. I told her that they were coming… but it did take longer than I thought it would. I probably won’t blow them up on Instagram or anything, but still… I think they could streamline the process a little better.”