Forecast changes Matthew’s direction, Hatteras residents stay the course

BUXTON, N.C. (WAVY) — New forecasts push Hurricane Matthew away from northeast North Carolina. A good chunk of the Outer Banks isn’t even under the cone of uncertainty, but it’s not out of the woods. Plenty of viewers will see some of the effects.

The sunny day on Hatteras Island drew out a number of tourists and the occasional fisherman. Right by the light house, 10 On Your Side found Gerri Eckert enjoying the beach. She also enjoyed the latest report for Hurricane Matthew.

“It kinda looks right now like its going to come our way,” she said. “So, I’m hopeful. I’ve been coming here for 35 years, so I’m kind of familiar with what could happen.”

Back in Buxton, what could happen is on many minds.

“Once they get to a Category 4 hurricane, they can get a mind of the own,” Wiley Martin said.

WAVY News found Martin and his construction crew boarding up windows in the town.

“I’ve been out here for over 25 hurricanes and I’ve seen a lot of different things happen,” he said. “No matter what they’re saying.”

Martin boarded up the Hatteras Island Inn windows, but it’s no easy job. Two stories in the air, he pinned the board to the window with his head and simultaneously drilled the board to the window trim. He did it all with a strong wind blowing through the town.

“That was very scary when that wind gust hit me today,” he sighed in relief.

Martin knows any loss of concentration and he could fall.

“I know there are people down here that have been working and have had that happened plenty of times,” he sighed. “But, God has been good to me.”

Hatteras Island residents and tourists with that feeling the wind could change any day. Along the shores of Cape Hatteras, Gerri Eckert had one last thought on the storm possibility.

“That’s the charm of the Outer Banks, this is nature at its finest and its worst,” she said.