Some of the 2 million residents ordered to evacuate the Southeast ahead of Hurricane Matthew say they will think twice next time about leaving. Maureen Miller stayed at a hotel inland, but her Georgia home made it through the storm unscathed. She says leaving and returning was a hassle, and she won’t do it next time.
Weather experts and government officials worry that people who quickly packed up and left but suffered little or no damage might be reluctant to evacuate next time, leading to deadly consequences. They say there is no reason to second-guess the decision to evacuate because you never know exactly where the storm and damage will happen.