Hurricane Matthew Ravages Atlantic Coastal States

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Courtesy Tribune News Service.

People evacuating Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Emily Martinez, Staff Reporter

As Hurricane Matthew was tracked heading to southern America, 2 million people were encouraged to leave their homes. On October 6th the hurricane became a category 3 storm and hit 120 mph.

Florida started to feel the storm’s powerful winds. The storm raised its winds and rain and lashed out on Southern Florida leaving more than 300,000 people without power.

It drenched the state with rain and caused the waves to go over the beaches. The storm swept the coast line as it hit Miami and continued to Jacksonville. At press time, Florida officials blame the storm for nine deaths.

Coastal Florida residents were so worried that they emptied out the grocery stores near them taking all the necessity foods that would be needed.  Gasoline also became scarce as people prepared to evacuate.

But the residents of Florida, are grateful because their east coast was l(compared to past hurricanes) only lightly touched by the storm rather than have most of their property be destroyed.

Leaving Florida with empty shelves the storm continues to South Carolina, where there was a mass evacuation, but only a quarter of the population actually left to take shelter.

The death toll since Matthew started moving towards south Carolina has risen to two dozen. Waters have risen in the past couple of days, with the flooding closing many local roads and even interstate highways.

President Obama has declared that South Carolina is officially a disaster area after hurricane Matthew, and stated there will be federal funding for the disasters relief.

The heavy rain continued from Florida to North Carolina, and at press time has been hitting them pretty hard.

Hurricane Matthew made its way north hitting Virginia with winds and constant rainfall. The storm remained off the shore and didn’t catch land as it passes by heading more into the near ocean.

The storm’s winds start to slow down as it moves more into the North Atlantic Ocean. The wind speed is around 39-42 mph.

The death toll is now 17 in the U.S., but this is small compared to Haiti, which suffered at least 800 dead from Matthew.