The impact of Hurricane Matthew in the US is probably not going to be as devastating as how it has been in the Haiti. However, many people that live in the east coast of US, especially Florida and South Carolina has are already busy making preparation for the storms. Many people in Florida have rushed to the supermarkets to get ready the necessity supplies. Bottled water and batteries have already been sold out at many supermarkets in Fort Lauderdale.
There has been a long queue line at the gas station in Costco in North Miami Beach. There is one station that is out of gas but many cars are still queuing up. Some people in the east coast have already evacuated their homes. the hurricane has been downgraded when it arrive in Cuba bt forecasters pointed out the possibility of it upgrading to a Category 4 hurricane by the time it reach the each coast.
The four states that could be affected by the hurricane are Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina. The hurricane could arrive some time in between Thursday and Saturday so now is the time to make preparations. The hurricane center said that it is very hard to make prediction on how much damage the hurricane will bring when its wind is traveling on a coast that is parallel to the east coast in the USA.
There is traffic congestion on he highways in South Carolina with many people traveling in their cars to get the necessity items before the storm arrive. Tourists in North Carolina were advised to reduced their vacation stay. The governor in Florida, Rick Scott, has issued an emergency warning for the whole state because the same hurricane has did a devastating damage to the Miami region in 1992.
The most important thing is that no one in Florida will die from the hurricane. Seven people in the Caribbean island have already died due to the hurricane attack. Governor Rick Scott told the press that they have to make preparation for the hurricane as if it is a major hurricane even though they are not sure whether its effect will be as devastating as in the Caribbean islands.
Scott advised residents to leave right now because it will be hard to leave afterwards. The first mandatory evacuations have been issued for Merritt Island and Brevard barrier land. Residents have been asked to evacuate at 3 PM Wednesday. Schools in 25 counties in South Carolina have been shut down on Wednesday. There are several schools that will be used as temporary evacuation shelters. Governor Pat McCrory has issued evacuation warning in 100 counties as it is expected that the rain will reach up to 8 inches.