Hurricane Matthew ripped through Florida on Friday, damaging many coastal areas with its strong winds, storm surge and flooding. The impacts will most likely spread throughout the state and could potentially lead to heavy downpours and flooding in Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina until Saturday night, according to reports.
The storm’s eyewall is less than 100 miles from Jacksonville and continues to batter Florida’s northeast coast, resulting in hurricane warning issued in North Carolina, including the Surf City area. In the Outer Banks of North Carolina, tropical storm warnings have been issued.
Meanwhile, warnings in Cocoa Beach, Florida, have been dropped as Matthew expands over central Florida, as well as Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. Hurricane conditions are expected to arise in the cities by Saturday.
With winds clocking in at 107 miles per hour at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Matthew has already had a devastating impact on the state resulting in over 600,000 homes without power, Governor Rick Scott said in a statement on Friday. However, the storm has been reduced down to a Category 3 hurricane.
In Haiti and the Carribean islands – which were rocked by the storm on Monday and Tuesday – over 500 people have died. A Reuters tally said that the death toll was at least up to 572 on Friday.
A live stream of the hurricane is available, featuring video of the storm’s impact on Florida and updates regarding its projected path. On EarthCam, viewers can get a 24-hour glimpse of Hurricane Matthew’s activity in Florida.