NC 12, Kitty Hawk residents brace for Matthew despite storm shift

Posted at 3:28 PM, Oct 05, 2016

KITTY HAWK, N.C. - While there have been some significant changes to Hurricane Matthew's path, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is still warning people of the danger the storm can bring, specifically when it comes to wind and surf.

Those who live in the Outer Banks know how dangerous a hurricane can be, even if its not a direct hit. On Wednesday,  road crews were out working to build up the dunes surrounding NC 12.

Several truckers were called in to help rebuild the dunes which protect the road and residents, the roadway had be closed for the repairs.

"We have been doing a lot of work out here in the Outer Banks," explained Sergio Moore, one of the truckers hired to help. "It's important to me that we take the necessary precautions."

On Thursday, crews were back out because the dunes had fallen.

Officials tell News 3 that was because of the rough surf and strong winds.

Kitty Hawk Mayor Gary Perry is urging his neighbors and visitors to do the same.

"Don’t let your guard down stay prepared. If you haven’t already prepared be prepared," said Mayor Perry.

Even though the latest forecast model shows Matthew staying south of North Carolina, rough surf and strong winds can still pose a risk to those staying in Kitty Hawk.

"Keep an eye on the storm, if it changes its direction, we may need to change direction as well," explained Mayor Perry.

Right now there are no evacuations planned for Kitty Hawk visitors. However, Mayor Perry says if Matthew makes another shift towards the Outer Banks, that could change.