Bankers say ATMs have plenty of cash as Hurricane Matthew looms


As Palm Beach County residents stock up on cash in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, bankers say they’ve loaded their ATMs to handle increased demand.

“Our ATMs are fully stocked,” said Jim Springer, president of Palm Beach Community Bank.

A Chase ATM in Lake Worth wasn’t dispensing cash Wednesday morning, but a spokeswoman called that outage “isolated.” A Chase ATM in West Palm Beach did have cash.

Stuart-based Seacoast Bank has experienced no cash shortages, said Russell Greene, the bank’s executive vice president.

Palm Beach Community Bank plans to close its branches Thursday and reopen by 10 a.m. Friday if weather conditions are safe. Seacoast plans to close its branches Thursday and Friday, then reopen Saturday.

Banks are closed Monday for Columbus Day.

Chase and SunTrust said they haven’t decided yet when branches will close. Winds are expected to reach 37 mph in West Palm Beach at 8 a.m. Thursday, then pick up to hurricane force before calming Friday morning.

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