More than two million people in the US have been urged to evacuate their homes because Hurricane Matthew ‘is going to kill people’ as it strengthens on its way towards the East Coast.
Thousands of families have been caught in gridlock in Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia after fleeing their homes ahead of the storm – which is expected to strike Miami early on Friday morning with winds of up to 145mph.
Governor Rick Scott of Florida, reiterating a call for people to evacuate on Thursday morning said there is no reason not to leave the state.
‘Do not surf. Do not go on the beach. This will kill you,’ he said.
The powerful category-four hurricane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, has already killed at least 65 people in Haiti and four in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. At its height, the hurricane was a Category 5 with wind speeds of more than 157 mph.
The National Weather Service has advised that ‘loss of life’ and ‘immense human suffering’ is possible for those who don’t take precautions. It could also potentially leave approximately seven million people without power.