Hurricane Matthew Devastation Continues
The deadly storm that devastated southeastern United States, now headed back out to sea, is no longer classified as a hurricane. Nonetheless, the now post-tropical cyclone is still causing tremendous issues for the southeastern states, having already killed at least 17 people. The most affected regions in the United States appear to be eastern and central North Carolina.
According to CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar, “the change in name does not mean it’s any less dangerous.” The hurricane caused disastrous flooding for several days in North Carolina, forcing about 3,000 people stay in emergency shelters. South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida were also affected by flooding, to a less severe extent.
Loss of power is another great post-hurricane issue in these states, as 585,000 people were left without power in North Carolina alone.
Before hitting the US, the storm passed through Haiti and eastern Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 160 miles per hour. According to CNN, Haiti was by far the most severely affected, with the death toll up to 800 people as of Sunday. Moreover, at least 1.4 million people are in need of immediate assistance.
The UN decided to make an emergency appeal for nearly $120 million in aid in order to help Haiti recover from the extensive devastation.