Hurricane Matthew: US death toll rises to 10 and 1.6 million without electricity

The US death toll following Hurricane Matthew has risen to 10. Authorities are still warning residents not to return to their homes as the danger has not passed yet. 1.6 million Americans still remain without power.
Many areas are completely flooded Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Despite the fact that Hurricane Matthew has been weakened to a Category 1, it is continuing on its path along the east coast creating immense flooding. This evening (Saturday), 10 people were killed as a result of the hurricane and the damage it has caused. Countless families’ homes have been ruined and millions remain without power.

Hurricane Matthew’s total death toll has risen to 900 people, mostly from Haiti. 61,000 people’s homes have been ruined as they spent last night in hurricane shelters. The US announced that it would be providing aid to Haiti.

This morning, the hurricane made landfall in South Carolina causing flooding and massive power outages. At least five people were killed and three others were injured in Florida and North Carolina. Two additional fatalities occurred in Georgia after a tree fell on them from the intense winds. Florida Governor Rick Scott estimated that more than 6,000 of the state’s residents slept in hurricane shelters last night.

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