More than a million South Carolina coastal residents are expected to be evacuated as Hurricane Matthew intensifies and moves towards the United States.
Multiple deaths have occurred in Haiti and its neighboring areas as a result of the severe weather. Hurricane Matthew, which has caused massive damage in Haiti and Jamaica on Tuesday, pounded Haiti with winds as high as 145 miles per hour.
Hurricane Matthew: First Major Evacuation in South Carolina since 1999 Hurricane Floyd
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said a mass evacuation of more than a million people – the first major evacuation since the 1999 Hurricane Floyd, Sky News reports – is possible unless the hurricane changes path dramatically.
If Hurricane Matthew continues on its anticipated path, it could strike Florida by Thursday. Hurricane watches have been issued for the area from Deerfield Beach south to Golden Beach. Meanwhile, tropical storm watches have been issued for the region from Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys north to south of Deerfield Beach, as reported by USA Today.
Hurricane Matthew could be “a disaster for the east coast of Florida from about West Palm Beach north up Interstate 95 to Jacksonville,” WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue said.
Hurricane Matthew: Many Houses Damaged
Tropical Storm Matthew had formed late last month and strengthened into a hurricane by the subsequent day. As reported by Global News, the hurricane was classified Category 4 as of Tuesday afternoon – with maximum sustained winds of more than 140 miles per hour. Haiti, the Bahamas and parts of Cuba have been issued hurricane warnings.
Extreme weather and torrential downpour have destroyed a bridge, downed power lines and blocked major roadways. “What we know is that many, many houses have been damaged,” interior minister Francois Anick Joseph said. “Some lost rooftops and they’ll have to be replaced while others were totally destroyed.”
Although Hurricane Matthew has caused widespread damage, and threatens to cause more, Patch.com reports it is not the only storm on the scene. Tropical Storm Nicole formed on Tuesday morning and was located near Puerto Rico as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday.