Most Powerful Storm in a Decade Threatens East Coast, Largest Evacuation Since Sandy
Nearly 2 million people have been urged to evacuate along the East Coast and more than 12 million are under hurricane watch or warning, after Hurricane Matthew strengthened overnight with winds reaching 125 mph.
The official NHC forecast for Matthew as of 5 pm EDT Wednesday, October 5, 2016.WunderBlog
The storm is forecast to impact Florida today, possibly as a Category 4 storm. If it makes landfall, it would be the most powerful storm since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 to do so, and could cause as much as $15 billion in economic disruption.
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This morning, the National Hurricane Center warned of "life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast and Georgia coast."
Matthew has caused at least 26 deaths across the Caribbean.
Complete destruction in Baracoa, Cuba from a combination of extreme wind and storm surge. Sad situation here.… https://t.co/TT97XbhEEA— Mike Theiss (@Mike Theiss)1475677472.0
For a deeper dive:
Commentary:AP, Seth Borenstein Q&A; ThinkProgress, Joe Romm column; Forbes, Marshall Shepherd column; Grist, Scott Dodd column; New York Times, John Schwartz Q&A $; Discover Magazine, Tom Yulsman column; Pacific Standard, Eric Holthaus op-ed; Miami Herald editorial.
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