Emerald Isle residents start to prepare for Matthew

EMERALD ISLE (WNCT) – While many Emerald Isle residents were taking a wait-and-see approach to hurricane preparation Wednesday, that’s changed as the storm gets closer.

Elizabeth Isle homeowner Ted Harrell began tying down his outdoor furniture and prepping for Hurricane Matthew Thursday.

“If you get it tied down it won’t be flying into your windows and screens,” Harrell said. “It’s a whole lot safer to do it now and not have to worry about it then do it when it’s too late.”’

More homes were visibly prepared for the storm Thursday, with tables and grills tied down and outside furniture brought indoors to keep it from blowing around.

Crews also prepped rental homes, which are an important aspect of the island’s economy.

(janesa white, bluewater vacation rentals)
“We do put our vacationers ahead of us, and we keep them updated on anything that’s going on with the storm,” said Janesa White of Bluewater Vacation Rentals. “We have been actively getting ready for this storm and been taking care of our guests and our properties.”

Maintenance crews lowered the storm shutters over windows of some properties and cover windows with sheets of plywood on others.

Harrell is leaving his windows uncovered.

“I’ve got new windows supposed to withstand up to 150 miles per hour wind, so I’m going to test them,” Harrell said.

Some residents did say they aren’t prepping as much as they’ve done in the past.

WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s