The powerful Hurricane Matthew reached South Carolina Saturday morning, targeting the city of Charleston with destructive winds to add to major storm surge and flooding from heavy rain.
Matthew, now a Category 1 storm, will continue to produce high winds and heavy rainfall and dangerous storm surge, the National Weather Service said, adding that a high risk of flash flooding was possible along the coast from northern Florida through South Carolina through Saturday.
This siege of impacts is expected to slowly march up the coast to southern North Carolina after hammering coastal Georgia and northeast Florida Friday, according to the Weather Channel, which also said Matthew's storm surge coupled with high tide resulted in a record tide level – just under 8 feet – at Ft. Pulaski, Georgia, early Saturday morning, and storm surge inundation roughly waist-deep was reported at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. more >>
The eyewall of Hurricane Matthew, which killed about 900 people and displaced tens of thousands in Haiti, is approaching Charleston, South Carolina with wind gusts early Saturday morning over 80 mph on the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. Four deaths were reported and more than a million people in Florida were without power after its arrival there.
The hurricane is likely to spread its impact, in addition to potentially serious rainfall flooding, throughout Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina through at least Saturday night, Weather Channel reported.
At 5 a.m. EDT, the storm's eye was about 20 miles south-southeast of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and moving northward at 12 mph with the storm packing 105 mph winds, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. more >>
CHANTAL, Haiti/COCOA BEACH, Fla. — Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in its rampage through Haiti earlier this week before it lashed Florida on Friday with howling winds and rumbled northward up the U.S. Atlantic coast.
The number of deaths in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, surged to at least 842 on Friday as information trickled in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm, according to a Reuters tally of death tolls given by officials.
Matthew, the fiercest cyclone to affect the United States since Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast four years ago, triggered mass evacuations along the coast from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina. more >>
UPDATE: 3:30 PM OCT. 7: Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in its rampage through Haiti earlier this week before it lashed Florida on Friday with rain and howling winds and rolled northward up the U.S. Atlantic coast.
Hurricane Matthew slammed into the eastern parts of Florida Friday morning, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power, while over 800 people have been killed in Haiti.
Hurricane Matthew has triggered evacuation orders for more than 2 million people who live near the southeastern coast, which includes Florida, South Carolina and Georgia, as residents prepare for a direct hit from a storm that has already killed 15 people in the Caribbeans.
President Barack Obama has warned Americans to heed weather reports and take evacuation orders seriously, CNN reported. Obama also warned that if the core of the storm strikes Florida, it could have a "devastating effect."
"Now is the time for you to prepare in the event that you have to evacuate," Obama said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters. more >>
Inspirational Christian speaker and author Joyce Meyer has been calling on Christians to pray and offer support to Christian ministries in Haiti as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Matthew, the most dangerous storm to strike the region in years.
"Yesterday, our partners in Haiti were preparing for Hurricane Matthew and today it has hit this country with full force. Please pray for Haiti, it's people and their protection today," Meyer wrote on Tuesday on her Facebook page, linking to Love A Child, a Christian ministry in Haiti.
"We've reached out to our partners on the ground in Haiti, Love A Child, Inc., and we've sent funds to help provide for the immediate needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew: food, supplies and medicine, etc. We are also monitoring how it might affect the USA too," Meyer added in a follow up post. more >>