GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- As Hurricane Florence moves closer to the Carolina Coast, it's bringing the threat of rain and storm surge with it. As of late Thursday night, Florence had been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.
A storm chaser from West Michigan is in Jacksonville, North Carolina to experience the storm and update people on the damage.
Kevin Barton has been chasing storms for nearly a decade and says the damage from water could be very serious.
“That water is relentless and you could get six to nine feet on some of those barrier islands. And even the homes on stilts it’s enough to inundate and flood the entire first floor. So it’s going to cause a lot of damage if the storm surge comes up to what they predicted,” says storm chaser Kevin Barton.
Barton says the Barrier Islands are really going to get pummeled with a vicious storm surge and the fact a monster storm is so near to where he is, is a little nerve racking.
“It’s a little bit eerie knowing there’s a giant hurricane sitting just offshore and it’s churning up just incredible surf," said Barton. "I was witnessing 10 to 12-foot waves during high tide."
As the storm approaches, Michigan Blood in Grand Rapids says it's ready in case Florence causes a blood shortage in its path.