Store shelves empty as Matthew approaches

With schools closed, parents are stocking up
Posted at 11:19 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 04:13:21-04

Stocking up on plenty of food and figuring out how to entertain your kids are on the list for Thursday and Friday in Highlands and Polk County as Hurricane Matthew tracks toward the eastern coast of Florida.

“I have an English paper for Cochran I have to revise I have chapter 8 section 3 and 4 outlines for Ms. Giordano,” Bam Giller a 15-year-old student said.  

Some students will be studying and catching up on homework with their two days off. Others playing video games.

“Oh, I was jumping in the air. I was jumping in the air,” Kyle Wells said. You can easily guess what 12-year-old Kyle will be doing.  

“Probably play PS4,” Wells said.

And while parents are stocking up on supplies members of the Emergency Operations Center in Highlands County are too. They will be at full staff tomorrow hoping the storm makes a right turn, instead of a left.

“Main concern right now is just wind,” Scott Canaday the Communications Director said. “People aren't as prepared and they are complacent.”

Canaday said already they are getting a lot of calls. Their 24 hour hotline for information is 863-385-1112. But, once the storm winds reach 45mph sustained first responders can’t respond.  So be prepared, have a plan in place.