It’s been almost seven months since Hurricane Florence made landfall in North and South Carolina, and the weather is getting worse by the day.
The North Carolina National Guard has declared a “state of emergency” in the state, and Gov.
Pat McCrory announced a “weather alert” on Sunday that could lead to mandatory evacuations and closures of roads, bridges, power outages, and power outage warnings for hundreds of thousands of people in the heavily populated state.
But if you live in the Carolinas or are heading to North Carolina on vacation, you may be out of luck.
The forecast for June 20 is pretty bleak.
“There’s no way you can stay out of your home, out of the storm,” said Chris Jones, who lives in North Charleston and is planning to head out to his home state of Georgia.
“Even if you’re a few miles from your home or have a car, there’s no car or bike to get there.
There’s no cell phone service, no Internet, and you have no way of getting out to the coast or into any of the towns.”
Jones, like many people in North Carolinas, does not live near a major road or power line.
“I live in a town in the mountains and I’ve got to walk an hour and a half to get to work every day.
It’s pretty scary to live like that,” he said.
Jones said he has been preparing for a winter storm by going camping with his girlfriend and staying in hotels with ice chests to keep warm.
He’s planning to take advantage of the weather warning on Sunday and get away from the city.
“My goal is to stay in my house and get a place to stay for a while,” he told National Geographic.
“You can take a trip down the highway to your car and you can go out for a walk or drive down the coast to a campground.
There are ways to do that.”
In fact, there are ways.
There have been several snow plows and other snow equipment at the scene of Florence, and officials have confirmed that there are several dozen cars and vans parked at the local airport.
But Jones said that’s no excuse for not being able to get out of town.
“It’s not just the weather,” he added.
“We need to get a lot more organized.
We need to organize our business and get our cars ready.”
Alyssa O’Brien, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that as the forecast gets worse, so does the chance of snow.
“The colder temperatures will help, but it’s really not going to help until June 24,” she told National Geo.
O’Brien said the chance that Florence will make landfall is about 50 percent, meaning there’s a 50 percent chance that it could be worse than the other two storms.
“They are both likely to make landfall, but in the future it’s likely to be less severe than the ones that have already hit,” she said.
“In the case of Florence it’s probably going to be much less severe.”
And even if you do get to stay, it won’t be the same.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the maximum temperature in the area of Florence will be about 10 degrees below zero, and that could be dangerous for anyone in the colder part of the state.
“People are not expecting this type of weather to be a factor,” O’Brian said.
“[It’s] going to happen more often than not.
It happens once every two or three years.”
For many people, though, staying home will be their only option.
“If you are going to get here, I would strongly suggest not to leave,” said Jones.
“Unless you have an emergency or are in the path of an emergency, I don’t think it’s worth it.”