Outer Banks Prepares for Hurricane Matthew's Arrival

13News Now Audrey Esther has the story

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (WVEC) – Residents in the Outer Banks seem to have somewhat mixed emotions about Hurricane Matthew’s arrival with some doing all they can to prepare for the storm and others just waiting for it to pass.

“It's a big thing to watch when a hurricane's coming through,” says Joshua Sawyer, who lives in Nags Head.

Even though Hurricane Matthew isn't expected to be as big of a sight to see when it hits the Outer Banks, its impact throughout much of North Carolina could still be significant.

We don't want to be ill-prepared in case there is a turn from the projections,” says North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory. “Even with the good projections the people need to be ready.”

On Friday, Governor McCrory declared all one hundred of the state's counties under a state of emergency.

“This area washes out constantly because it's so thin to begin with,” says Outer Banks resident, Kenny Guns.

To help prevent that and protect nearby property North Carolina Department of Transportation crews spent all week building a four foot high dune line along Highway 12.

“It's just a tough situation but the ocean keeps coming up anyway,” Guns says.

Much of this area, especially near Kitty Hawk, still recovering from Tropical Storm Hermine that hit a few weeks ago.

“That one was a surprise,” Guns says. “We had wind gusts of like 79 miles an hour.”

This time wind gusts could likely be closer to 45 or 50 miles per hour but still strong enough for residents to prepare their homes.  

“It’s changed directions so many times. It could change direction again, you never know,” Guns says. “There's more storms to come I guess.”

By Sunday more than six inches of rain could fall throughout Dare County.
 


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