Homeowners prepare for the worst as Hurricane Matthew moves closer

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Beaufort County officials and homeowners are preparing Hurricane Matthew.

“I’ll move my grille, my tables and my chairs,” said Tom Randolf.

This isn’t Tom Randolph first time battling a hurricane. He’s says he’s getting better and better as the years go on. On Tuesday afternoon, Randolph spent hours preparing for hurricane Matthew, lifting his boat out of the water and getting his other toys to higher grounds.

Randolf said, “I’ve moved my motorcycle, golf cart, lawn mower, getting ready to move my stuff out of the food building and put it on the elevator and put it on the porch.”

Many people are following his lead. People carried their furniture off their porches and into their homes.  Emergency Services Director John Pack says he’s expecting storm surges to hit at least seven feet high in parts of Beaufort County. He’s preparing for the worst and is working on getting emergency shelters set up, but one shelter won’t be opening.

Pack says a generator broke six weeks ago at Northside. He ensures that if you need a place to stay, plenty of options will be available.

“We have three shelters that we are prepared to open. We have one on the north side the river, one on the south side of the river and then we will have one in reserve if people come to the shelters,” Pack explained.

As for Randolf, he says for now, he’s riding this storm out.

“You have to take the good with the bad. I remember all summer having all the good times and now I’m getting prepared for the bad times.”

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