Coastal and highways infrastructure across the United States’ eastern seaboard is being pushed to the limit as millions of people evacuate due to Hurricane Matthew.
The category 3 hurricane is continuing its deadly path after hitting the Caribbean last week.
The death toll in Haiti (pictured above) has now reportedly passed the 300 mark, resulting in its biggest humanitarian crisis since the devastating earthquake in 2010.
United States Agency for International Development’s (USAid) Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance has deployed an elite Disaster Assistance Response Team (Dart) to the central Caribbean, to work with the governments of countries affected so far, including Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and Belize. Hundreds of thousands of people in these countries need emergency shelter and are being supported by the United Nations.
The US National Hurricane Centre said the centre of Hurricane Matthew is likely to move near or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula tonight (7 October), and near or over the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday (8 October).
Maximum sustained winds are near 195km per hour with higher gusts, which will extend out 95km from the hurricane’s centre, with storm force winds extending out 295km from the centre.
In addition to the wind, storm surge warnings are in place. If the peak surge coincides with high tide, water could be up to 3.35m above ground in parts of Florida and South Carolina.