Hurricane Matthew descended on the Bahamas on Thursday and picked up steam to reemerge as a category 4 storm on its way to the south eastern U.S.
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) October 2, 2016
So far, Matthew has been responsible for 108 deaths in Haiti as revealed by Interior Minister Francois Anick Joseph. He also said that relief efforts continue with authorities and aid workers still yet to gauge the extent of all the deaths and damage in the country.
Previously, the hurricane has been reported to have responsible for four deaths in the Dominican Republic, one in Colombia and one in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The National Hurricane Center which issued storm surge watches and warnings from South Florida all the way up to the coast of South Carolina, says large waves created by Matthew will likely threaten lives and property as it nears U.S. Shores. Parts of Florida, such as the Cape Canaveral area or communities along the St. Johns River, could see waves of up to 9 feet.
Florida Governor Rick Scott offering a dire warning for those still in evacuation zones. “This is serious. … If you need to evacuate and you haven’t, evacuate. This storm will kill you. Time is running out. We don’t have that much time left.”
The storm is packing 225 kilometre an hour winds at it’s core, however it appears Matthew will not hit Miami or Fort Lauderdale, which are the closest, most densely populated areas near it’s path. Those cities were expected to get just tropical storm-force winds of between 62 km/h and 117 km/h.
— Kevin Bente (@KBente95) October 6, 2016
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) October 6, 2016