Hurricane Matthew, October 2016

04 Oct 2016

Category 4 Hurricane Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais, Haiti early Tuesday, October 4, 2016. The storm brought heavy rain and wind as it crossed over the island, causing flooding and damage and killing over 400 people.  An estimated 175,000 people remain living in shelters and communities are struggling with lack of food, water and an ongoing cholera outbreak.

The storm continued northward, moving over the Bahamas before skirting along the eastern coast of Florida on Friday as a category 3 storm. Florida was spared major damage. Matthew made landfall in South Carolina and moved up the coast, and although weakened, it caused heavy storm surge.  Torrential rain overflowed streams and several rivers in North Carolina, submerging low-lying areas with flood water. Nearly half of the state’s counties were declared to be in a state of emergency and over 4,000 people were displaced.  At least 39 people were killed by the storm across the southeastern states, with 20 of the deaths in North Carolina.


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