Florence: North Carolina Man Who Rode Out Storm on Boat Says He Napped a Lot

A North Carolina man, Masten Cloer refused to leave his boat in Lightkeepers Village Marina in spite of Hurricane Florence evacuations, and now he and his boat are safe, he has told reporters that he mostly slept through the bad weather.

"I caught up on my napping a lot," he told USA Today Saturday. He claimed the storm was not bad, and he'd wait it out on his boat again. Hurricane Florence hit land 50 miles Northeast of Cloer's boat, named "Later," on Friday. He admitted the weather made for a rocky experience, as the boat was "kicked around. He also said that the winds, which arrived in 60 mph gusts, sounded like a freight train passing by. He briefly left the boat to view the winds from dock's clubhouse.

"When they really got tough, I went up to the clubhouse up here and sat on the front porch and watched them go by," he said. "They were rolling. I think we dodged a bullet."

Cloer said he wasn't afraid of the winds or the storm in general. He noted multiple global news outlets have reached out for his story. "If that's my 15 minutes of fame, I got it," he said.

His story was first shared in an article evaluating the movements of boat owners during the storm, USA Today reported Wednesday. Cloer admitted he was nervous, as others on the dock feared for the safety of their boats. He was not deterred from staying, though.

Eric and Barbara Coates are boat owners who decided to stay the storm as well, though not on their boat. "We'll be staying here and hoping the boat is still here when it's done," Eric told USA Today. "I've been in some storms, but this one could be fun."

Twelve people have died in the storm so far, the New York Times reported Saturday. Some deaths have been caused by flooding. Two people died when a tree fell on their home. Around 670,000 people are without power in the Carolinas, ABC11 reported Sunday. Hurricane Florence was downgraded from a Category 1 storm when it hit landfall to a tropical storm. It began its journey toward the coast as a Category 4 hurricane.

The storm has broken record rainfall in the state of North Carolina, dropping 30 inches in some counties.