As the bad news poured in Friday night from the Florence-ravaged Carolinas, we pondered what we’d do if we were told to Evacuate.

At first, one of my co-workers said he wouldn’t, that he didn’t want to leave his house. But, he quickly talked himself out of it. For the safety of his family, no question he’d go.

I’d just finished editing a story about a man in flood-stricken New Bern, N.C. who, despite warnings, didn’t evacuate. A veteran of hurricanes, he figured he’d be just fine. Until he met Florence. Now he was full of regret.

Still, I thought about what a hard choice it must be to abandon your home, your possessions, the priceless mementoes you’ve accrued over the years. Yet at the same time, I reminded myself that no matter how attached we are to our houses and all they hold, it’s only stuff. And stuff can be replaced. People can’t.

Besides, I’d never want to put brave first responders in even more danger than they already face.

But then I thought about some in Florence’s path who didn’t leave. And why they didn’t. Someone I know was blunt: she and her partner are flat broke and couldn’t afford to go anywhere. They also have a beloved pet. So they stayed put.

As of late Friday night, they were OK. I hope their luck continues. I’m keeping them in my prayers — along with lots of people I don’t know. People who have their own reasons for Not Leaving.

Surely, money is a factor for many. So are pets that are part of the family and the idea of leaving them behind is wrenching. (The good news is more places are sheltering four- as well as two-legged evacuees.)

There are other considerations, too. Some of those rescued from the floods are old or infirm and likely couldn’t leave on their own. And they probably had no one to call. Their only option was to shelter in place and hope that, if need be, someone could come to their aid.

I get that. In the 2013 blizzard, our power went out and Hank and I spent a teeth-chattering 18 hours in an increasingly frigid house. Given Hank’s stroke disability, we wanted very much to remain at home but the temperature became intolerable.

Fortunately, we have wonderful family and friends who got us out of a snowed-in yard and gave us a place to stay for three days. I can’t imagine what we would have done without them.

So yes, there certainly are the macho ones, those who are stubbornly determined to ride out the storm, regardless of the cost to them. Or anyone else.

But watching the unfolding images from the Carolinas, it’s clearly not as simple as that. You can see it in the anguished faces.

For many of Those Who Stayed, there was just no other way.