TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. – Government buildings on Tybee Island are already boarded up in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.
“The message we want to get out is not to necessarily focus on where the center line of where the projected path of this is but to look at the entire cone of uncertainty,” says Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman adding that, “Tybee has well been within that cone and has been since the 5 P.M. advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center yesterday.”
Tybee Island public works also announced Tuesday is closing the dump until Matthew hits the area.
“We want to make sure that people are preparing for the worst, we hope for the best but we have to be preparing for the possibility that this will be a direct hit,” says the Mayor.
Tybee leaders and emergency personnel will meet Tuesday evening to continue conference calls they’ve had throughout the day with the National Hurricane Center and EMA’s. Mayor Buelterman says the city cannot stress enough that homeowners and business need to protect their homes and store up items now in case the island may have to be evacuated
“We’re trying to make sure that people do everything they can prepare now of the possibility of a direct hit and of course a direct hit would mean or a nearby potential hit would mean an evacuation and we’ve been told that that will be sometime tomorrow that kind of decision will be made.”
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