Hurricane Matthew slammed the shore near the border of Georgia and South Carolina early Saturday, bringing torrential rain, powerful winds, a storm surge and the potential for catastrophic flooding to two more states after devastating Florida where 1 million people lost power and six died.
Nearly 17 inches of rain were recorded at Hunter U.S. Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia over a 48-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.
More than 300,000 people were in the dark in Georgia and 178,000 in South Carolina on Saturday morning. Floodwaters, downed trees and debris-clogged roads in much of Matthew’s storm path across three states, rendering Interstate 95 in South Carolina impassible early Saturday.
The hurricane has already claimed hundreds of lives as it tore through Haiti and other Caribbean nations.
The storm is expected to follow the Georgia coast north early Saturday, possibly making landfall around Charleston, South Carolina before continuing on to North Carolina and then veering east over the Atlantic Ocean.
More than 1 million customers were without power in Florida today as hurricane warnings cover hundreds of miles of Florida’s east coast. A major hurricane has not struck Florida in over a decade.
Ahead of the storm, more than 1.5 million Floridians were ordered to evacuate as the governor deployed 3,500 National Guard troops to assist in storm preparations.
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