Georgia residents gear up to hunker down or head out for Hurricane Matthew

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WIAT) – The Governor of Georgia is urging voluntary evacuation for six coastal counties as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

Mandatory evacuations are already in effect on Tybee Island, Georgia, where most people are not taking any chances.

While her daughter’s friends provide the plywood, local business owner Susan Kelleher provides the treats.

“I just got in 3 freezers of gelato, and it’s not going to make it,” Kelleher said. “So we’re just going to give it out right now.”

Hurricane Matthew could be the biggest storm in generations to hit Tybee Island.

“This thing looks scary to me,” Kelleher said. “It’s just gliding right up the coast and we look like we’re right in the middle of it. So you hope for the best and plan for the worst.”

But not everyone feels the same as Kelleher, like Carrie Wilkes and Jason Elkins, whose neighborhood on White Marsh Island is under a voluntary evacuation.

“Yeah we’ve been through this before here; hurricane warnings,” Elkins said.

Still – they’re keeping their eyes peeled.

“If I feel like it’s going to be serious, we’ll leave Friday – maybe Thursday night,” Elkins said.

For those people still on Tybee Island tonight,  the city says it will shuttle people to a storm shelter tomorrow afternoon.

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