As Hurricane Florence nears landfall, some people are opting to ignore evacuation orders and stick out the Category 2 storm.
Officials have urged more than one million people in the coastal regions of North Carolina and South Carolina to evacuate, according to CNN. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told residents that “you put your life at risk by staying.”
On Thursday, Hurricane Florence is expected to make its way over North Carolina, then make “a slow motion over eastern South Carolina” starting sometime after Friday night. The storm is currently 300 miles wide and has winds between 74 to 95 miles per hour.
But Maaike Brandis, a bar owner from Wilmington, North Carolina, says she’ll “ride it out” and “stand my ground” instead of leaving. In an interview with The Boston Herald, Brandis said that she is “staying for my business” — the Cape Fear Wine & Beer, which she has owned for 15 years.
“I’m going to be prepared. I’m going to be vigilant and I’m going to be safe,” she said, according to The Boston Herald. “I’m not really scared of anything. I’m a pretty fearless lady. I’ve beat cancer. I’ve beat injuries. I almost lost my leg.
“At this point, I’m not afraid of anything. I’m just ready to take everything head on. I like a challenge, too.”
She spoke about her decision with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who asked her “why is it okay that you’re staying when you’ve been told it’s time to go?”
She responded that she is just under a voluntary evacuation.
“I’ve weathered out several serious storms, and I’m not jumping ship,” she said on CNN. “I’m going to go down with the ship if I have to.”
Another man from South Carolina is also refusing to evacuate — and instead will try to ride out the storm on his boat.
Masten Cloer says he plans to find shelter in his boat while its docked on a marina in Little River, South Carolina, according to The Greenville News. “We’re pretty far from the beach,” Cloer told the newspaper. “But all water rises together.”
On Facebook, he shared The Greenville News’ story about his decision to weather the storm, writing in a caption that “when you come from Hudson your balls are so big they cant be sunk. not even by a big a-- hurricane.”
Not all of his friends seemed impressed with the idea.
“My friend Masten Cloer is a determined man, but I am fearful for him, nonetheless,” one person wrote on his Facebook page. “Thoughts & vibes & love & luck & prayers & love to all y’all over there. Hang on, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.”