Jarvis Wise is doing what he can to protect the home he loves.
But he knows it probably won’t match the might of what hurricane Florence is set to unleash.
It’s strong, it’s here, it’s coming, we’re going to move out.
It’s hard to believe that this could be the bull’s-eye of the hurricane when it hits.
Normally, locals say this beach would be full of end-of-season holidaymakers, right now is virtually empty.
The buildings along the shoreline are boarded up, the hotels are closed.
It seems like most people are heeding the warning - leave.
Martha and Jeddy know they have to join the exodus.
They’ve come here to reflect on the 50 years they’ve been enjoying this beach watching their children and grandchildren play.
I just am very nostalgic because we have cottages here that we’ve come to and we’ve worked really hard and lots of love and family memories kept going into.
It’s gonna be really I mean it could be all gone tomorrow.
Not everyone is following the rules.
Joe has stayed put through several storms.
I’m rod it out.
Rod it out? Rod it out.
It’s not the advice, is it?
No, it’s not like say, a lot of my friends have been calling me for, they’re like, like ’Joe! Leave, immediately!’
Defiance in the face of this monster hurricane is largely giving way to resignation.
The only safe place is away from the coastline.
Even the muscle of military hardware is no match for the punch Florence is set to pack.
Helicopters at Fort Bragg have been removed to safety.
The latest updates show Florence increasing in size and strength.
It’s heading straight for the Carolinas and could bring with its devastation that hasn’t been seen in decades.