NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WTVD) —
Residents and business owners in Wrightsville Beach spent much of Friday boarding up and laying out sandbags preparing for Hurricane Matthew.
This morning, emergency management here announced the area was officially under a hurricane warning.
“When the storm took a different turn, it kind of upgraded it so to speak I think people got a little more concerned,” said Jazz Undy, who owns an art gallery on Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville.
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The county is under a voluntary evacuation for anyone living in flood prone, low lying areas.
There is also a mandatory evacuation for any visitors at Carolina Beach. The bridge will also be closed when winds reach sustained 45 mph winds.
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Authorities are also worried about the beaches. Lifeguards are no longer on duty and rip currents are only getting rougher.
New Hanover County has also opened emergency shelters starting early Friday evening, for those who evacuated the area.
The North Carolina coast from the state line with South Carolina northeast to Surf City are under a hurricane warning, from Surf City up to Duck a tropical storm warning has been issued.
A hurricane watch has been issued from Surf City to Cape Lookout.
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