Michigan, I saw when you posted in the sub-forum that this will be your first tropical weather experience. I'd be a bit on edge and cautious just because I wouldn't know what to expect. The worst I ever saw was when one of the 2004 canes had swung around and was at Daytona the day we left there. It was nothing more then a tropical disturbance since it had already wreaked it's havoc.
It made the ocean look black and the waves were scary~we didn't even walk near the water that day. It seemed like the clouds were so dark and different looking, too. It was just strange cause it was so foreign to us.
A lot of the people that you live near are so used to this and have spent their entire lives with that type of weather. They'd probably be terrified if they went to Michigan and went through a full fledged snowstorm.
Not everyone in NC is non-chalant about this though. We have an adopted daughter and her family (Not legal adoption~she's from NC~long story) and she and one of her co-workers have been tense about this for a couple days already. They've both spent their entire lives there and they KNOW that canes can be pretty wild and they also spawn tornadoes.
But I understand exactly what you are saying. Many people don't actually heed any of the warnings and get themselves into predicaments and wait to be rescued. Sometimes it just happens. We had a lady who left work in a nearby town back in the horrible blizzard of 1996. She could see and figured she could make it those few miles home. She ended up disoriented and in the ditch and sat there for days. They finally tracked her because of her cell phone and rescued her a few days later. She had such an ordeal and was actually on national tv. There were articles done about her and I believe she even wrote a book about her experience. (Not sure about that part though) She took the proceeds that she made and re-imbursed our state for all expenses that were incurred because of her negligence. There was no court trial and she wasn't forced to do it. She just knew it was the right thing to do. It was silly on her part, BUT DH was heading to work (we lived nearby) and he could also see quite well when he left. Two miles down the road, it hit and he couldn't see a thing. It took him betweeen one and two hours to make it 12 miles.
We were aware that the snowstorm was heading our direction, but it hit earlier and harder then expected.
That incident happened the same day the lady ended up stranded and covered in snow.
Unfortunately, we also make the mistake of standing outside when there are tornado warnings~not sure why either. It really is just silly to do that.
Maybe we just become too complacent in storms that we've lived with our entire lives.