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.

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“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.

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