BUXTON, N.C. (WAVY) — A tropical storm advisory went out for the Outer Banks Friday. The vulnerable island chain sits very close to Hurricane Matthew’s cone of uncertainty. It is fitting that uncertainty is the best term to describe how locals and tourists feel about the weekend’s weather.
“It’s a very fickle storm, isn’t it?” asked one resident.
Friday morning, rain and winds poured over Hatteras Island – a reminder that a bigger system may be on the way. Locals aren’t taking chances. The Hatteras Island Inn closed for the weekend. Tourists, like John Brown, have been keeping their eyes on Hurricane Matthew.
“I thought it would be interesting to see it,” he smiled. “But, I’m trying to stay ahead of it.”
He won’t be sticking around. Not many tourists did. However, the high winds and choppy surf brought out fishermen.
“This is a medium weight rod, it’s used for small fish,” Wayne Venable said looking over his fishing rod.
Venable and his friends tried their hand at catching Red Drum.
“The waters all churned up, there’s a little bait in there; they just love the choppy water,” he said.
In the face of bad weather and the potential for more, they made it work. After all, their trip ends tomorrow, whether Hurricane Matthew comes or not.
Further north, strong wind was the only sign of a storm on the way.
In Nags Head, not many were concerned, although several made preparations in case the forecast changes.
A day earlier, many had breathed a sigh of relief, when the storm shifted south. But on Friday, Jimmy Robinson pulled out his plywood.
“Who’s to say? It might drift up a little further… so it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
10 On Your Side spoke to him as he boarded up the windows of his girlfriend’s home.
“It’s part of nature… if you want to live at the beach, this is what you have to pay.”
Others in Nags Head continued to enjoy the beach on Friday. 10 On Your Side spotted one man surfing in the rough ocean current.
Another man, Carl Slopey, played it safe, kite surfing in the bay.
“I’m planning on staying right here, it’s shallow, so I can walk back in if the kite goes down,” Slopey said. “It’s a little gusty, and I would prefer a steadier wind.”
Slopey said he is mainly concerned for the folks in Hatteras. He and others hope for the best everywhere.