Hilton Head, SC (AP) - Residents of Hilton Head Island, the first area in South Carolina to feel the effects of Hurricane Matthew as it approached last week, are finally getting a chance to return to their homes three days after the storm passed.

Officials have kept people off the resort island on the state's southern tip saying standing water and downed trees made if unsafe for people to return. The island has one bridge to the mainland.

Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett announced on Monday night that the island would reopen on Tuesday afternoon.

He said, though, that some neighborhoods and gated subdivisions might still restrict entry based on the damage in those locations.