Although hurricane Matthew has been downgraded to a category 3 storm, the weather event has claimed 11 deaths and has many on the US east coast preparing for a potential evacuation.
Emergency crews in Haiti are trying to assess the damage in towns that have been cut off due the raging storm. U.S. relief firms are offering a million dollars of food assistance and about $500,000 in other assistance items such as blankets, shelters and hygiene kits.
— Jean Gabriel Fortuné (@jgabrielfortune) October 4, 2016
The storm is over the Bahamas on Wednesday and it’s anticipated that Matthew will hit Florida on Thursday.
The U.S National Hurricane Center says the storm still has sustained winds of 195 kilometres per hour, enough to do significant damage.
Warnings have been extended by the agency and governors of Florida and South Carolina have issued mandatory evacuation alerts to residents.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued mandatory evacuation orders in Broward County, while South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has mobilized the National Guard and revealed plans to evacuate a quarter-million people from its vulnerable coastline, including the Charleston and Beaufort areas.
Earlier today I activated 300 @FLGuard members- this is in addition to approx. 200 members activated yesterday for hurricane preparedness.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) October 5, 2016