Hurricane Matthew, a deadly storm with winds over 100 miles an hour will reach southern Florida late Thursday before working its way up the coast. Governors of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida have placed over 7,000 National Guard soldiers on alert.
President Warns Residents along the Coast
Obama urges people in coastal states to brace for impact. “We anticipate that not only is there still a chance that the core of the storm strikes Florida and some of the states further north, but even if you don’t get the full force of the hurricane, we are still going to be seeing tropical force winds, the potential for a storm surge,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “And all of that could have a devastating effect.” The president had postponed a visit to Florida on Wednesday as Matthew’s path became much clearer. “Now is the time for you to prepare in the event that you have to evacuate,” Mr. Obama said. Even if residents are not ordered to leave, he said, “it still makes sense for you to figure out what kind of plan do you have, what kind of preparations and supplies do you have.”
Elections were postponed as Matthew inflicted widespread destruction over Haiti. 5 fatalities were confirmed in Haiti as well as 10 injured and one missing. The storm ran through the southern coast on Tuesday cutting off transportation, destroying homes and crops, as well as levitating livestock away.