Hurricane Matthew is heading for Florida, and when it makes landfall, it could bring “massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years,” according to Florida governor Rick Scott.
According to CNN, Hurricane Matthew could hit Florida as soon as Thursday night. All of Florida is under a state of emergency in preparation for the hurricane. On Tuesday night, cars lined up at gas stations to fill their tanks before the storm hits. CNN reported one station had cars waiting but no gas to give. Georgia and the Carolinas are also under a state of emergency for at least some counties.
In a press conference, Scott warns that the waves will be crashing upon rooftops for those near the surge areas, and that everyone in an evacuation zone needs to evacuate immediately. "This storm will kill you," he said. "Time is running out." The Weather Network hails Hurricane Matthew as one of the strongest storms to hit Florida in recent decades.
Hurricane Matthew is a Category 4 storm, according to Fox News, and was even a Category 5 for a brief stint and could still reach that strength before landfall. The storm’s intensity could still fluctuate as it approaches the mainland, but remember, even Category 1 hurricanes can cause massive damage. As a reference, Hurricane Sandy was a Category 1 when it came ashore in New Jersey.
Hurricane Matthew has already made its way through Haiti and Cuba, wreaking havoc as it stormed by. According to The Weather Network, some areas were smashed by 24-foot waves, not to mention “high winds, strong storm surge and torrential downpour.”
Twitter showed the world the immense destruction that some areas were afflicted with.
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In Haiti, Fidele Nicolas told AP that Hurricane Matthew was the worst he’s seen in his lifetime. Where Nicolas lives, many homes were severely damaged and others washed away in the raging floods.
Hurricane Matthew has brought about the largest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake, which left more than 200,000 people dead. Thanks to Hurricane Matthew, initial reports suggest that more than 10,000 people are living in shelters, and hospitals are even running out of clean water.
Thursday could be the earliest the mainland sees Hurricane Matthew. Since the time of its arrival is fast approaching, the time for preparation has all but passed.
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