Hurricane Matthew is wreaking havoc all over the Southern East coast. Between Disney’s fourth closing EVER and President Obama declaring a state of emergency, it’s hard to keep track of everything going on. Luckily, we have all of the updates you need in our live blog below!
Hurricane Matthew is not something you should be taking lightly. The scary storm has already destroyed parts of Haiti and devastated areas of the Bahamas, and on Oct. 6 what’s being called “the strongest storm since 2004” is getting ready to touch down in Florida. Watch the live stream here, and keep checking back here for updates!
Hurricane touches down in Haiti, tragically leaving 264 dead. “The situation is catastrophic,” said President Jocelerme Privert to The Miami Herald. “The situation is critical.” The presidential election was forced to be postponed.
Four people were killed in the neighboring Dominican Republic.
— Dallas Roberts (@dallasr76) October 6, 2016
9 a.m. EST Matthew passed over the Bahamian capital of Nassau as air and sea traffic was stopped and the public was asked to move to high ground to shelter from storm surges.
9:30 a.m. EST Matthew expected to be a category four storm it hits Florida early Friday, this is the second-highest classification. Heavy rains and wind have already begin in West Palm Beach.
1:30 p.m. EST President Obama announces state of emergency.
3 p.m. EST Disney World announced 4th closure ever in the face of the terrifying storm.
3:30 p.m. EST Governor Rick Scott warns over 2 million citizens to evacuate, not to surf, to expect long-term power outages, and that this storm “will kill people.”
4 p.m. EST If you live in Florida and you’re looking for a safe place to wait out the storm, you can find a list of shelters here.
4 p.m. EST Georgia has begun mandatory evacuations in Chatham County, which includes Savannah.
4:30 p.m. EST This map is predicting likely power outages.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 7, 2016
5 p.m. EST AirBNB users are offering their homes free of charge to people in South Carolina and Florida who have been evacuated.
5 p.m. EST South Carolina voter registration has been extended until Tuesday, Oct. 11.
5 p.m. EST There’s a chance that Matthew could loop back around and hit Florida twice, according to reports.
6 p.m. EST 9-12 ft storm surges along the Jacksonville, FL coast.
6 p.m. EST Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has increased the evacuation zone. East of Interstate 95 is now a mandatory evacuation area. West of I-95 is a voluntary evacuation area.
6 p.m. EST North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has now declared a state of emergency for NC.
— NOAA (@NOAA) October 6, 2016
8 p.m. EST 20,000 people in Florida are already without power, facing wind speeds of 145mph. People in Georgia, Florida, South and North Carolina still have time to evacuate, and authorities are urging them to do so.
9 p.m. EST A second hurricane, Nicole, is forming. Florida now risks getting hit by two hurricanes in a row. There’s also a chance the hurricanes could possibly cross paths and combine, making it worse.
9 p.m. EST Over 3,785 flights have been cancelled nationwide from Oct. 5 – Oct. 8. You can see those flights, right here.
9:30 p.m. EST 2.5 million people from Florida to North Carolina have been evacuated.
10 p.m. EST President Obama declares state of emergency in South Carolina as well.
11:30 p.m. EST Hurricane Nicole upgraded to a category 2 as the worst of Matthew nears Florida coast.
MCSO deputies now assigned to their safe zones due to 70mph winds. pic.twitter.com/9u15mAR8RH
— MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) October 7, 2016
11:45 p.m. EST The National Weather Service warns that some areas of Florida may become “uninhabitable for weeks or months.”
11:45 p.m. EST Deputies in Martin County, FL have been forced into safe zones after clocking winds of 70mph on land.
1:16 a.m. EST NBC News reports, Hurricane Matthew downgraded to Category 3.
2:23 a.m. EST Matthew is about 50 miles offshore from approaching Melbourne, FL.
3:20 am | The center of major Hurricane Matthew is about 50 miles offshore Melbourne, Florida. Continues to move NW. pic.twitter.com/cAMT4S75lq
— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) October 7, 2016
3:55 a.m. EST Hurricane Matthew reaches Cape Canaveral, FL and an “Extreme Wind Warning” is issued. Reported winds reaching a maximum of 120 mph sweep through Port Canaveral.
6:07 a.m. EST GMA gives the latest numbers of Hurricane Matthew: 3.2 million told to evacuate; at least 307, 250 without power in FL; over 2,250 U.S. flights canceled for Oct. 7-8
7:17 a.m. EST GMA updates the number of power outages less than one hour after initial update: 357,331 without power in FL
7:24 a.m. EST ABC News producer, Scottie Withers gives live update from St. Augustine, FL near Jacksonville, as Matthew approaches. He informs people they will not get help until after the storm if they refuse to evacuate.
— Eva Pilgrim (@EvaPilgrim) October 7, 2016
7:50 a.m. EST Director of the National Hurricane Center, Rick Knabb tells people who have been informed by officials to evacuate, they must “go now.” He says, “your life could depend on it!”
8:53 a.m. EST FL Gov. Rick Scott says over 22,000 are in shelters and about 600,000 homes are without power in FL. The “worst effects are still likely to come.” ABC News reports at least 1 dead; STILL: Category 3; 120 mph winds
— CNN (@CNN) October 7, 2016
9:00 a.m. EST ABC News gives an update on the “first storm-related death from Hurricane Matthew” in a statement from The St. Lucie Fire District in FL. The spokesperson said a 58-year-old woman died after suffering cardiac arrest overnight. On Oct. 7 an emergency call came in at 1:20 a.m. ET, but emergency responders could not act immediately due to unsafe conditions.
9:38 a.m. EST BREAKING: SPECIAL REPORT — After meeting with FEMA and his homeland security team, President Obama gives a live statement on the storm from the Oval Office. “We can always replace property but we can’t replace lives.” — via ABC News.
POTUS on Hurricane Matthew: "The bigger concern at this point is not just hurricane force winds but storm surge." https://t.co/1lhsy5Oo4b
— ABC News (@ABC) October 7, 2016
10:18 a.m. EST South Carolina Gov, Nikki Haley gives live statement on Hurricane Matthew.
SC Gov. Nikki Haley on Hurricane Matthew: "If you are not going to evacuate upstate, at least go to a shelter" https://t.co/uiHpPpUCXP
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 7, 2016
11:00 a.m. EST The eye of Hurricane Matthew is about 35 miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach, FL. CNN reports over 516,000 power outages as the storm moves up the coast.
1:00 p.m. EST Jacksonville residents are warned to move to higher ground.
1:00 p.m. EST Eye of Hurricane Matthew reached Daytona Beach.
3:00 p.m. EST Disney World reveals that it will re-open on Saturday.
3:00 p.m. EST CNN’s Chief Meteorologist Judson Jones warns people in Jacksonville, FL to stay out of tall buildings. “Even if the winds are weaker at ground level, the tallest buildings in Jacksonville could still see damage.”
4:00 p.m. EST Matthew leaves Florida, begins making its way toward Georgia and South Carolina.
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