By: Chloe Becker
Over 2 million people have been urged to leave Florida, Georgia and parts of South Carolina as the now Category 4 Hurricane Matthew heads straight for Florida East coast. The destructive hurricane has already passed through three Caribbean countries, bringing the death toll to approximately 113 people. Hurricane Matthew is suspected to hit Florida late Thursday or early Friday.
CNN states in their news story this morning, Hurricane Matthew has called for “the largest mandatory evacuations in the United States since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012.” Authorities state, at the current time, winds of over 140 mph are expected when Hurricane Matthew reaches land. Although the chance is small, there is a chance this could reach a Category 5 hurricane.
A briefing in Daytona Beach, FL caused Mayor Derrick Henry to make comments on the Hurricane to the residents of the city. "We're not immune. ... Get out. That is our message and that is our hope. Worry about your possessions later. Take care of your life now. You only have one life," he said.
Though there it is entirely possible the hurricane may not directly hit Florida, NBC news states “historic damage will occur Friday along the state's east coast.”
Wednesday, October 5th, there was a briefing at FEMA headquarters with President Barack Obama. After heading caution with approaching this storm and urging people to take it seriously, he shed light to the situation knowing the repercussions that will likely occur after the storm passes through. He stated, "Just remember that you can always rebuild. You can always repair property. You cannot restore a life if it is lost and we want to make sure that we minimize any possible loss of life or risk to people in these areas."
Thousands fleeing Florida are causing gridlocks on freeways. Many homeowners are boarding windows and doors to prepare for the storm. Grocery stores and gas stations are filled with residents hoping to get emergency supplies and get out.
The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, is not taking to the hurricane lightly. He predicts the impacts of Matthew will be ‘catastrophic’, also warning “This storm will kill you”.