NC Coastal Towns Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

NC COASTLINE -- No one wants to leave anything up to chance when it comes to being ready for the storm.

Heavy wind, lots of rain, and days of flooding are expected for many parts of the North Carolina coastline.

Places like the Outer Banks usually take the biggest hit from storms like this.

Now, residents are scrambling to prepare as Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the coast.

Some OBX residents like Kim Martin were stuck inside for 6 days because of all the flooding during the last rain storm a couple weeks ago.

Now, she's expecting even more as Matthew approaches.

"You can't even go outside! It's that powerful and that strong,” said Martin. “And because this area is so prone to flooding, you can't get out. You are virtually trapped in your house or in your neighborhood and it could be for days!"

Martin has been doing what she can to prepare.

Like many others, she spent the day running errands.

Martin said a lot of people in the Outer Banks have already picked up food and supplies ahead of the storm.

On Wednesday, Martin says she'll start boarding up her windows and anchoring down her patio furniture.

Like many other locals, Martin says she’s planning to ride out the storm, but if it gets too bad, she's planning to head inland, even if the town doesn't issue a mandatory evacuation.

“When you are getting these gusts of 75, 85, 100 mph, it is almost as if ‘Holy cow! Is this house going to stand? How much more can it withstand,’” said Martin. “Because it literally is moving and that's the scary part!"

Martin says people were using kayaks to get to the store and restaurants due to all the flooding last week.

She says there was easily 5-6 feet of standing water in some places.

The Outer Banks has not yet issued any evacuations for residents or visitors.

But UNC Wilmington has issued a mandatory campus evacuation.

Students are encouraged to leave campus by noon on Thursday.


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