Hurricane Matthew Reaches Florida
Hurricane Matthew is moving quickly towards coastal east-central Florida after hammering a path through Haiti and the Dominican Republic. So far the total number of fatalities in these areas reaches as high as 800, although statistics are uncertain.
According to CNN, the hurricane has already reached Florida with winds of 120 mph, causing heavy rains and devastating storm surge flooding. Other greatly affected regions include coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina. About two million people living in those areas were directed to flee their coastal homes. Many have checked into public shelters.
The storm was downgraded from a Category 4 to Category 3 early Friday morning. However, the hurricane is still reported to be the most powerful storm to hit the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. It’s predicted that the massive storm will strike the southeast U.S. coast Friday and into the weekend, causing further damage.
President Barack Obama warns coastal residents to not let their guards down after he announced a state of emergency in Florida and Georgia on Thursday.
This hurricane has been brewing for nearly two weeks in open ocean, after forming from a tropical wave that pushed off the African coast.
Stay tuned to the Suffolk Voice for further updates.