Evacuations continue as Hurricane Matthew nears

Workers from Armstrong Construction put plywood over windows of a home in preparation for Hurricane Matthew Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. People boarded up beach homes, schools closed and officials ordered evacuations along the East Coast on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew tore through the Bahamas and took aim at Florida, where the governor urged coastal residents to "leave now" if they were able. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
Workers from Armstrong Construction put plywood over windows of a home in preparation for Hurricane Matthew Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. People boarded up beach homes, schools closed and officials ordered evacuations along the East Coast on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew tore through the Bahamas and took aim at Florida, where the governor urged coastal residents to "leave now" if they were able. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (MEDIA GENERAL) – A mandatory evacuation is in effect for Tybee Island, Georgia. Busses were stationed outside the town hall on Thursday to help shuttle residents off the island. One of the people boarding the buses was Marie Milburn.

She’s been on the island for nearly 30 years but this is only her second time evacuating. She left the island during Hurricane Hugo in 1989. She’s not alone for the trip. The 79-year-old widow is joined by her caregiver and her service dog, Mugs.

“I’m most concerned about my home being gone,” said Milburn.

There was a mandatory evacuation in place on Wednesday for the island. It was something she says she wasn’t ready for.

“We were supposed to have left yesterday by 3:00, but I didn’t even get prepared yesterday I was so upset. … I’m 79 years old, and that’s a lifetime of everything that I own.”

Marie, her dog Mugs, and her caregiver left Tybee Island on a bus to Augusta, Georgia. Hurricane Matthew is set to hit southeast Florida late Thursday evening and is expected to work its way up the Georgia and South Carolina coast before heading back east.

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