Hurricane Matthew, now a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to cause severe damage as it makes its way to Florida.
The hurricane is expected to arrive at the state on Thursday carrying winds as high as 145 miles per hour, storm surges along the coast of up to 6 to 9 feet, and 12 inches of rainfall.
Hurricane Matthew: Why people choose to not evacuate
The severity of the storm, and the potential damage it can cause, has prompted Florida Governor Rick Scott to urge residents along the coast to evacuate.
“This storm will kill you,” Scott said at a news conference.
Also read: Hurricane Matthew Florida – Sandy-Like Storm Places Region In State Of Emergency, Evacuations In Place
Although the conditions ahead of the storm look extremely dire and grim, a few residents may not want to leave and, therefore, will suffer the consequences. The same was noted in a New York Times article, according to which, “Even after all of the best practices in emergency communications are exhausted, 5 percent of the population will most likely remain in harm’s way.”
Some of the most common reasons why people won’t evacuate, as noted by Vox, are disabilities, feeling reluctant to leave behind their pets (as was evidenced by a 2011 poll which revealed that 30 percent of owners did not know what to do with their pets at the time of a hurricane), and fear of their homes being damaged or robbed.
Hurricane Matthew: Possible looting as people brace for extensive damage?
On the other hand, while people are bracing themselves for the possible damage Matthew will bring along, there are openly speaking about the opportunity for looting. InfoWars spotted numerous social media posts from residents living in or near the affected areas talking about looting homes.
One user tweeted, “God Please let this hurricane hit us so I can do some looting,” while another said, “So we looting after the hurricane? I do need a new TV & iPhone and some clothes.”