With Hurricane Matthew just hours away from landfall in the U.S., the now Category 3 storm is expected to make its way up the coast of Florida and into the Carolinas soon.
Traveling at speeds of over 120 miles per hour, Matthew is expected to be the most powerful storm to hit the Atlantic coast in almost a decade. After officials declared states of emergency in their respective states, mandatory evacuations followed. Some headstrong Florida and South Carolina residents, however, are refusing to believe that they may have to leave their homes to survive.
The death toll from Matthew in Haiti is already well into the hundreds and one man has already been killed Stateside. With the eye of the storm less than 100 miles away from Jacksonville, Florida, it can't be stressed enough that by refusing to evacuate during mandatory advisories, you are putting the lives of you and your loved ones in danger.
Fox News meteorologist Shep Smith suffered a bit of an on-air meltdown while trying to urge those refusing to evacuate to change their minds.video-player-present
Major new outlets quickly picked up on Smith's bizarre rant.
Although that particular anchor may have crossed the line, senior hurricane specialist Bryan Norcross from the Weather Channel agrees that evacuation is absolutely necessary. He's just more worried about your safety than Smith is about getting to a wedding.video-player-present
I know it's a stressful time right now for the residents of Florida and the Carolinas, but please listen to your government officials and evacuate if you haven't already done so. You can always replace material items, but you can't replace a life.
For more information about evacuation procedures, check out this ABC report.