After leading to the death of almost 280 people in Haiti, Hurricane Matthew is now moving forward to Florida for the strongest storm in the American region since 2004, with evacuation warnings.
As predicted by the weather forecaster, the hurricane was supposed to target the state’s eastern coast but hours ahead of that, it affected parts of South Florida where numerous households lost power. Florida Power and Light confirmed that over 20,000 customers remained without power on Thursday night following the hurricane strike. It also claimed that around thousands of customers would face power outage in the aftermath of the calamity.
The National Weather Service issued a warning on Thursday afternoon and called the storm “extremely dangerous, life-threatening” for the next 24 hours. “Airborne debris lofted by extreme winds will be capable of breaching structures, unprotected windows and vehicles,” it added.
Senior Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcoss, on the other hand, came up with a warning for Americans where he mentioned the impacts of the disaster. “We are concerned about reports of people staying in areas under mandatory evacuation,” he said as quoted by News.com.au. “This is not hype, I am not kidding.”
“If you live in a Florida evacuation zone, you need to leave now. Don’t assume you will survive if you choose to stay.”
He added that Matthew was all set to make history but he did not want it to be successful in killing more people.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has asked almost 1.5 million people to evacuate, after which the residents have been found leaving the coastal regions, jamming highways and other regions of the affected areas. He warned people that the “storm will kill you.”
Soon after the evacuation request from Scott, US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency, seeing the disastrous effects of Hurricane Matthew, as reported by The Weather Channel.