CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Across the Carolinas, people are preparing for the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
Even though we may not see heavy weather effects in the Charlotte area, over a million people have already begun evacuating the coast, moving inland.
Hotels are booking up very quickly as people on the coast move west. Emergency crews are standing by, ready to open shelters and provide assistance to those refugees.
"We are reaching out to all of our volunteers getting them ready, letting them know we may need them to help shelter, feed and provide comfort to those evacuees if necessary,” North Carolina Red Cross CEO Angela Broome said.
Of the 15 Charlotte area hotels NBC Charlotte called Tuesday night, only three have vacancies this weekend.
“Whether they can afford it or not, or whether there just is so much demand that the hotels do get full, then we need to be prepared to make sure those folks have adequate housing,” Broome said.
On Tuesday NASCAR officials said the Sprint Cup is still on.
The Georgia-South Carolina football game scheduled for Saturday in Columbia has not yet been cancelled either, but South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley thinks it will be.
“That’s a decision based on the schools, but as of now I can’t imagine that happening,” Haley said.
The hotels that did have vacancies as of Tuesday night are the Embassy Suites Charlotte, Renaissance South Park, and The Dunhill Charlotte.
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