1.4 Million Without Power In Southeast US As Hurricane Matthew Lands In South Carolina

At this point, 944,000 people in Florida and 300,000 in Georgia are still without power following the hurricane's devastation. Six people have died due to hurricane-related incidents in the US.

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When Matthew made landfall last week southeast of McClellanville, it was still a category one hurricane, reaching maximum sustained winds of 121km/h. It is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm later tonight.

The National Hurricane Center issued a bulletin this morning that warned, "Although weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Matthew is expected to remain a hurricane while the centre is near the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina." The Center also said to expect "an isolated tornado or two", along the Carolina coasts.

South Carolina's governor, Nikki Haley, ordered approximately 1.1 million people to move away from the coast on Friday. There are 9000 people in Georgia and 6000 in Florida taking refuge in shelters.

Reuters reports that at least 842 people have been killed in Haiti as a result of Matthew's destruction. Jean-Michel Vigreux, the country director in Haiti for the nonprofit group CARE, says that the southern part of the country is now completely isolated and the city of Jeremie was in "complete destruction".

As the massive storm winds down, it is expected to turn out into the Atlantic after passing through North Carolina. Recovery and rebuilding could take quite some time.

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