HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. (WVEC) -- Visitors and residents of Outer Banks continue to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew.

"We've been hit twice in the last four and a half years, we were hit pretty hard, so everybody around here is pretty much ready," said Irvin Midgett, who runs a produce stand and campground in Rodanthe.

Midgett says he warned his customers to be on alert, even encouraged some campers to move their trailers.

The potential of Hurricane Matthew effects are also prompting some visitors to cut their vacations short.

"Really once you rented you are committed, you can't get a refund, you just gotta take the chance, I really think we got three beautiful days, so I'm going to be blessed that we got that," said Sharon Burley, who is visiting from Raleigh.

On Wednesday afternoon, high winds and rough surf kept many beach goers away from the coast line. Dare County safety officials say red flags will fly to remind of the potential dangers of the water.