Hurricane Matthew is spinning toward the United States, and now serval Southern states are preparing for deadly impact!
Governors in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia have declared a “state of emergency” and there is the potential for massive destruction.
This is horrible!
“Matthew could pass near or just off the Southeast coast late this week into the weekend. Even if the center of the hurricane does stay offshore, we would still have the potential for coastal flooding, beach erosion, battering surf, rain and gusty winds,” said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. “The magnitude of any of those impacts will depend on Matthew’s track and intensity at that time.”
Here’s the latest on how preparations are going.
In a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Gov. Nikki Haley said a complete evacuation of the state’s coast will take place on Wednesday – 1.1 million of the Palmetto State’s 4.8 million people.
“Our goal is to make sure you get 100 miles away from the coast,” Haley said.
After a state of emergency was declared, Haley’s evacuation order will also close all schools and government offices in the counties that’ll be cleared out before Matthew arrives.
And in Florida, things are getting serious:
Today, I signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in every Florida county to ensure we have resources for evacuations, sheltering and other logistical needs across our state,” Scott said. “We are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best and we will not take any chances to ensure our state is prepared.”
The State Emergency Operations Center, which serves as the main clearinghouse for disaster-related information, was activated Monday to Level 2 due to the hurricane’s severity and magnitude.
Scott was in Hialeah where he visited the city’s Emergency Operations Center to meet with emergency management officials as the state prepares for the life-threatening weather pattern. Since the weekend, Scott has urged Floridians to begin preparing for the hurricane, telling people to utilize the state’s preparation website, FLGetAPlan.com. Scott even compared the approaching storm to 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, which wreaked havoc throughout South Florida, resulting in millions of dollars in damage.
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Let us pray for everyone in these states as preparations begin for Hurricane Matthew.
This is a breaking news story. We will update this as soon as more details are available.
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