Hurricane Matthew causes major flooding and damage across parts of Florida

Hurricane Matthew tore up Florida’s eastern seaboard late Thursday and all of Friday. After devastating Haiti earlier this week, causing over 800 deaths, Matthew is currently a Category 1 hurricane forcing its will on the South Carolina coast this morning.

A media barrage followed the Haiti destruction, with some 1.5 million coastal residents ordered to evacuate by Florida governor Rick Scott. South Florida was mostly spared from Matthew and saw moments of solid surf, while Central and Northern Florida took the brunt as Matthew tracked right up the coast.

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Major flooding and damage was seen from Daytona Beach up through Jacksonville, with the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, taking a major pounding from Matthew on Friday. Currently, Florida officials are blaming five deaths on Hurricane Matthew.

Nearly 1 million people are currently without power in Florida. Storm surge exceeded record levels in many parts of Florida, causing parts of A 1-A to be completely washed out.

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The destruction Matthew has already caused in Haiti and Florida is overwhelming, and as people are allowed back into coastal towns this weekend in Florida, at least there were lives spared there (unlike in Haiti). South Carolina is currently experiencing the wrath, and thankfully Matthew has lost a bit of power. But they are not out of the woods yet.

The latest predictions have Matthew tracking up towards North Carolina and then taking a right hook and even heading back south. With Hurricane Nicole not too far southeast of all that right now, this could continue to be a very dangerous situation.

Stay tuned to GrindTV for further updates as this develops, and please get to safety if in harm’s way. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Matthew.

You can help out the areas affected via a Waves For Water campaign and through the Red Cross.

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