Hurricane Mathew approaches Florida, millions evacuate their homes

Hurricane Mathew is getting stronger and expected to hit Florida’s coastline tomorrow, with winds reaching speeds of 230 kilometers per hour. After leaving 102 dead victims in the Caribbean islands, nearly two million residents in Florida are urged to evacuate their homes.
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Hurricane Mathew continues to wreak havoc in all the countries that it passes, leaving 102 dead victims of whom 98 were from Haiti. Tomorrow (Friday), the powerful hurricane is expected to hit Florida’s coastline.

The majority of those killed in Haiti were either hit by uprooted trees, objects flying through the air or floods that resulted from overflowed rivers and streams. 4 victims died in in the Dominican Republic. No casualties have been reported from the Bahamas, where the storm is passing now.

Floods in Haiti Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
Damage caused by Hurricane Mathew Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

As reported earlier by JOL, the hurricane is currently a category 3 storm but is expected to regain strength and reclaim its title of a category 4 hurricane before reaching the US with winds up to 230 kilometers (approximately 142 miles) per hour. The authorities in Florida urged nearly two million residents to evacuate their homes along the state’s eastern coastline.

“I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a press conference yesterday. “If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years. This is a deadly storm approaching our state.”

River overflow in Haiti Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Locals are equipping themselves with flashlights and batteries. Meanwhile, there are long car lines at the gas stations across the state. A quarter of a million people evacuated their homes in South Carolina and 200,000 more are expected to evacuate in the coming day.

Getting ready for the hurricane Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

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