One of the most breathtaking aspects of North Carolina is the population of wild horses along the state's Outer Banks that run freely in the area. But with Hurricane Florence charging toward the coast, many people are worried about the fate of the animals. Fortunately, there's no need to fret—they should be just fine, experts say.
"They’re smarter than us. They have really good instincts," Meg Puckett, the herd manager for the of the Currituck Outer Banks, told . The Corolla Wild Horse Fund also took to its Facebook page to reassure concerned citizens that the horses will likely weather the storm.
"The horses have lived on this barrier island for 500 years, and they are well equipped to deal with rough weather," the on Monday. "They know where to go to stay high and dry and are probably in better shape right now than most of us humans who are scrambling with final preparations."
The message also cautioned residents from taking matters into their own hands. "They are much better off without any help from us; anything we might do in the hopes of 'protecting' them would probably end up being more dangerous and stressful for them than the storm," it read.
Even with the reassuring statements, Puckett does understand why people are still worried. "We’re concerned, too," she said. "We also have a lot of faith in their instincts."
Although Florence has now been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, the hurricane will still cause an immense amount of damage—and will be "life-threatening," according to the . Wild horses might be able to withstand the storm, but humans must take precautions. Mandatory evacuations are in place for parts of , , and . If you live in the area, ensure you follow evacuation procedures and get the latest storm updates from the .