This is serious, all! President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Florida and has called upon federal aid to support local efforts today, Oct. 6, as the devastating Hurricane Matthew approaches the coast. Get all of the details right here!
Here’s the latest on Hurricane Matthew, which is being called the most potentially destructive storm since 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. President Barack Obama, 55, has declared Florida to be in a state of emergency, and he has ordered federal aid from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the tropical storm. State, tribal and local response efforts are already in effect, but there are lives at stake, sparking a need for federal support, too, during this rare Category 4 storm. You can watch live footage right here.
As of 3:00 PM local time, here is an update per the National Weather Service:
The National Hurricane Center is tracking Major Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean. Matthew is moving northward through the northern Caribbean, and it is expected to impact Florida beginning Thursday. Please refer to the National Hurricane Center for the latest information on this dangerous storm.
Hurricane Matthew is reportedly currently pelting Florida with high winds and heavy rain, and airlines are canceling hundreds of flights. The Fort Lauderdale airport shut down this morning, and the Orlando airport, which is farther north, is expected to close by this evening.
If you’re in an area that’s been ordered to evacuate, stop reading this immediately and go do so! Your safety is the priority. CLICK HERE IF YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA, GEORGIA OR THE CAROLINAS TO SEE IF YOUR COUNTY IS UNDER EITHER VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY EVACUATION.
HollywoodLifers, keep checking the National Weather Service for official updates on Hurricane Matthew, and exercise caution if you live in an affected area!