Hurricane Matthew moves into SC; serious flooding threatened

Hurricane Matthew moves into SC; serious flooding threatened

The storm was blamed for at least 10 deaths in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. UNICEF Representative in Haiti Marc Vincent said they are "still far from having a full picture of the extent of the damage", as they "are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst".

Thousands of people found themselves suddenly trapped in homes and cars during the torrential rains.

Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 900 people in Haiti. It has since weakened to a Category 1.

"The death toll is sure to go up", he said.

Late last week, after hammering the Bahamas, the hurricane moved to the southeastern USA coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, forcing the evacuation of almost 2 million residents.

McCrory said at a press conference that "this is a very, very serious and deadly storm".

The storm also killed five people in Florida, and three in Georgia. "Flooding is likely especially on Saturday, when the heavier rain will be coming, although much of the rain is starting tonight".

Property data firm CoreLogic projected the storm would cause $4 billion to $6 billion in insured losses on home and commercial properties in the United States.

As the shock of the storm wore off, the enormity of the damage was beginning to sink in.

The firm also projects that the hurricane will end up damaging roughly 1.5 million residential and commercial properties in Florida, Georgia and SC.

Before the hurricane struck, the Central Emergency Response Fund released a loan of $8 million to UNICEF, the United Nations Childrens' Fund, to ramp up the response to a worsening Cholera epidemic in Haiti.

As of the weekend, President Obama had declared states of emergency in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Georgia Power said at least 275,000 were without power in the state.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in SC.

Forecasters warned of flooding as 15 inches (40 cm) of rain were expected to fall in some areas along with massive storm surges and high tides.

Hurricane Matthew moves into SC; serious flooding threatened

At a news conference Friday, Haley warned residents that SC is now looking at major winds, major storm surges, and flooding that could compare to the historic floods of last October. Haley said the email provides a link to get the update.

The governor said those who click on the link have opened their computer to hackers. Some 61,500 people were in shelters, officials said, after the storm hurled the sea onto coastal villages.

The Rev. Volley Hanson anxious that stress from the lack of running water and electricity might push people over the edge.

A homeless woman was seen staggering through waters up to her neck in Savannah. She said they were hungry and desperately needed food. But then floodwaters washed it away.

A bystander offered to assist her in finding help.

But in many places along the Southeast coast, the damage consisted mostly of flooded streets, flattened trees, and power outages.

"We got really lucky", he said. "That's what I'm afraid of".

Its maximum sustained winds have dropped to 85 mph (140 kph), with hurricane-force winds extending up to 45 miles (75 kilometers) from the center.

That's in addition to possible storm surges of 5 to 7 feet from Charleston to Cape Fear, North Carolina, the National Weather Service says.

Its storm centre, or eye, finally blew ashore just north of Charleston on Saturday, but only briefly.

Hurricane Matthew is making itself felt in SC. Robeson County, which includes Lumberton, had North Carolina's highest violent crime rate in 2014.

Matthew stayed near the middle of the National Hurricane Center map's "cone of uncertainty" as it scraped the coast.

Matthew's winds were howling at a terrifying 145 miles per hour when the hurricane struck Haiti, where five days later the full extent of the tragedy was not yet known because some devastated areas were still unreachable. It is moving north about 12 miles per hour (19 kph).



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