**Updated: After Hurricane Matthew tore through the area, the United States Coast Guard launched four fixed wing aircraft and 17 helicopters for aviation search and rescue efforts.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – With hours left until Hurricane Matthew hits the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, the United States Coast Guard is making its final preparations for plans before, during and after the storm.
“This is not a joke this is definitely a very dangerous situation,” Jr. Ltn. and Hurricane Officer Dan Gillis said.
The Coast Guard at the Air Station in Savannah is readying on the ground, in the air and in the water for the hurricane.
Even though the Coast Guard promised to be “Ready Always,” the crew in Savannah is evacuated much of its staff and five main aircraft inland for safety.
“The response from the Coast Guard during the storm is limited due to the nature of weather during the storm. We’re always standing at the ready but a response may be delayed depending on how strong the storm is when it’s impacting us,” Gillis said.
The Coast Guard urges people to listen to the warnings to leave town if possible and get out of the wrath of Matthew.