New Hanover Emergency Management on Hurricane Matthew: ‘We are not out of the woods yet’

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Officials are still urging everyone to be prepared for impacts this weekend despite a shift in Hurricane Matthew’s track.

New Hanover County Emergency Management held a press conference this morning to go over their plan. While we are looking at much better news in the track with a shift to the east, officials are still prepared for the worst.

Emergency Management Director Warren Lee said this is a very dynamic storm that keeps changing with each forecast. He said he wants people to realize that we are not out of the woods yet.

Lee said it is a large storm and their preparations are ready. He said at this point, there are no evacuations planned, but that could change. Lee said evacuations are based on storm surge and wind.

“Obviously wind is a concern to us, but high water is the biggest concern to us for our beaches,” Lee said. “All of them are very low lying and it doesn’t take much of a storm surge to impact the community as a whole.”

EMS officials will be meeting tomorrow morning to make more of a decision moving forward. At this time, Lee said there are no shelters open and they do not plan to evacuate, but again that could change.

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