SNEADS FERRY, North Carolina (CBS2/FOX28) — Just like with tornadoes here in Iowa, storm chasers are tracking, documenting and battling the worst that Hurricane Florence can deliver. Ben McMillan has captured some of the biggest tornadoes ever seen, from Parkersburg to El Reno. But this time, the trained EMT is tracking a much larger storm capable of destroying much more. "It's going to drop significant rainfall amounts, not only in coastal North Carolina but also inland North Carolina." Said McMillan Thursday evening as the eye wall approached.
"You really have to have that situational awareness to make sure you're watching all around you at times." McMillan is not the only one in his chase team with first responder credentials. "We have a paramedic on board in case we do come across anyone in need of assistance, we will certainly stop doing what we are doing and help them, but obviously hoping that everybody has heeded those evacuation orders so they don't even get into that situation, don't want anyone to get injured out here in this hurricane."
Ben says it's important people don't simply focus on the wind speeds and the category classification of Hurricane Florence. That's because the storm is moving so slowly, several dozen inches of rain could wind up having a far more catastrophic impact that the winds or storm surge.