Updated 2am EDT
Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.
Location of the Storm
#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and making landfall on the State of Florida.
- Category 2 Hurricane
- Passing over Savannah NOW @ 1:53 AM EDT
- News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone
- 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
- Tornadoes are forming overnight in the SC area
TIMELINE OF STORM ACTIVITIES
1:30 AM EDT
- 80,000 power outages in Lowcountry
- Eyewitness counts of large trees being uprooted/bowled over by high winds
1:50 AM EDT
- Matthew is 50 miles off of Coast of Savannah
1:55 AM EDT
- Matthew is now 45 miles South of Hilton Head (SC).
- Storm moving 12 mph with 105 mph winds
1:56 AM EDT
- Greenville (SC) reporting as dry, cloudy and windy
2:00 AM EDT
- Storm now 45 miles S of Hilton Head (SC) and 95 miles SSW of Charleston (SC).
- Storm is heading North @ 12 mph with sustained winds of 105 mph.
- Storm surge flooding in SC, FL and GA now.
- NOAA releases a Public Advisory related to storm flooding surges, preparation tips (if sheltering in place), where the storm is currently located. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT4+shtml/080541.shtml
- Tidal gauge has breached 9.0 feet and continues to rise quickly as eye-wall nears Charleston (SC).
2:10 AM EDT
- Media reporting 4 people have died in Florida related storm.
2:12 AM EDT
- Jacksonville (FL) Public Works in process of restoring traffic lights
- 19,000 Canoochee (GA) residents without power. City working on it as fast as possible.
2:17 AM EDT
- Storm hitting NE Florida, producing 15 inches of rain and a 10 foot storm surge.
- 11 inches reported in Bluffon. Storm surge. Eye of storm hitting area now.
2:21 AM EDT
- Strong winds hitting Hardeeville (SC) occurring.
2:30 AM EDT
- Wall @ The Battery in Downtown Charleston just toppled down.
- White Pt. Gardens have been inundated.
- Storm ready to hit the area between Hilton Head Island and Charleston
We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).
Please be safe out there, friends.
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