SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. — Native West Virginians David and Dianne Callihan decided against evacuating their Surfside Beach home just south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Hurricane Dorian.

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David and Dianne Callihan

“It’s home. We have pets. It’s much easier to stay here,” David Callihan, a native of Nitro, said Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline.” “We’re looking at it and kinda monitoring it every day.”

More than 320 miles north of Surfside Beach in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Veda Peters and her husband Bill, owners of Cypress House Inn, also decided against evacuating with Dorian approaching.

“We plan on being prepared but not leaving,” Veda Peters told MetroNews affiliate WMOV Radio in Ravenswood.

Peters said their preparation includes pulling down the old-style shutters over the windows of the couple’s nearly 80-year-old inn, where many West Virginians spend their Outer Banks vacations.

“We also have some shutters we’ll bolt down on the first level,” Peters said.

Some Surfside Beach residents seemed to be taking Dorian in stride, Callihan said.

“I don’t know if they are complacent or what,” he said. “I think this is going to be a little worse than (Hurricane) Matthew wind-wise but we won’t get the water that (Hurricane) Florence brought us.”

Callihan’s home is about six blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. He said he won’t be impacted by a storm surge if one occurs. He is anticipating a power outage.

“We’ve got plenty of food and plenty of water. We have ice. I’m certain we’re going to lose power,” he said.

Hurricane Dorian was downgraded again to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday afternoon. Meteorologists said the track of the hurricane’s eye wall would determine how much damage the Myrtle Beach area receives.