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The United States may have avoided the brunt of Hurricane Matthew's deadly rain and wind storms, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Southeast coast from receiving severe damage. After Hurricane Matthew rolled through the Caribbean and killed nearly 900 people in Haiti, the storm continued along the US Southeastern coast, pummelling states like Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina all weekend.
Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti on Tuesday, completely decimating the southeastern region of the country and killing 842 people, according to local authorities. Information has been slow to make its way to the rest of the world, because areas hit hardest by the hurricane were remote coastal villages, completely disconnected from the rest of the country when the hurricane hit landfall.
At the same time that Hurricane Matthew ravages the southeastern US, a new tropical storm has appeared just south of Bermuda. Together, the two have set a new late-season record for storms in the Atlantic. Welcome to the frightening realities of a warmer world.
Following what was likely the largest evacuation in Florida's history, winds from Hurricane Matthew reaching 113km per hour slammed the state yesterday afternoon Australia time, leaving about 300,000 without electricity. Having claimed over 300 lives in Haiti alone, Matthew is already the deadliest storm system to hit the region in almost a decade.
Hurricane Matthew is one of the most powerful storms to barrel through the Caribbean in over a decade. The violent windstorm has already claimed the lives of more than 108 people in Haiti and at least four people in the Dominican Republic. The hurricane has displaced tens of thousands more across the Caribbean including the Bahamas and Cuba.
All signs are pointing toward deadly hurricane Matthew slamming directly into Space Coast — home to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station — on Friday. If that unfortunate prediction comes true, it will be the worst storm to hit the iconic Florida spaceport since it was built in 1962.
As rescue workers begin to grapple with the destruction in Haiti following the nation's worst hurricane in 50 years, Matthew is now steering a course directly for the southeastern United States, prompting widespread evacuations.
It isn't yet clear how close of a brush the United States is going to have with powerful, dangerous Hurricane Matthew. What is clear, in the minds of meteorologists tracking the storm, is that the entire US East Coast needs to be on alert.
Video: Damn. Here's a view of Hurricane Matthew from the ISS and it is truly frightening to see, because the storm seems to stretch itself all over the planet and the eye is so well defined. The category 4 hurricane's impact on Haiti could be catastrophic, with winds hitting 225km/h — so let's hope everyone down there can stay as safe as possible.
The extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew continues to barrel north, with the centre of the storm expected to approach southwestern Haiti by later today. The National Hurricane Center's latest bulletin calls Matthew "life threatening", and forecasters are making dire predictions about the how much damage Caribbean nations might suffer.
Hermine has an identity problem, shifting from hurricane to tropical storm to "post-tropical cyclone". Whatever the heck it is, it's already caused damage in Florida and power outages in Georgia and South and North Carolina, and is expected to produce life threatening storm surges in New Jersey and New York over the course of today.
Until Hermine blew through the Florida Panhandle and up into Georgia, Florida had experienced a pleasant, hurricane-free few years. In fact, as The Weather Channel noted, Florida went nearly eleven years without a single hurricane making landfall.
It's been a wild six months for megastorms. In October 2015, Hurricane Patricia became the most powerful ever measured, with winds topping 322km/h before being downgraded near the coast of Mexico. In February 2016, there was Winston, the most potent cyclone recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, which made landfall on Fiji. Now meet Fantala, the strongest storm measured over the Indian Ocean.
For the first time since records began, two tropical storms — one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific — have appeared at the same time in January. Named Alex and Pali, these storms are being fuelled by unusually warm surface waters. On their own, these early storms are rare occurrences. This is first hurricane to form over the Atlantic since in January since 1938, according to NASA. But the fact that they're appearing at the same time in January is altogether unprecedented. Normally, a converging event like this wouldn't happen until July.