Hurricane Matthew was an extremely powerful, long-lived and deadly tropical cyclone which became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. The fifth hurricane and second major hurricane of the active 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Matthew was a long-lasting tropical cyclone that wrought widespread destruction and catastrophic loss of life during its journey across the Western Atlantic, having impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and The Bahamas. At least 1,039 deaths have been attributed to the storm, including 1,000 in Haiti, 1 in Colombia, 4 in the Dominican
Republic, 1 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 33 in the United States, making it the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Stan in 2005, which killed more than 1,600 in Central America and Mexico. With the storm causing damages estimated in excess of US$5 billion, it was also the costliest Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Originating from a tropical wave that emerged off Africa on September 22, Matthew became a hurricane on September 29 and reached Category 5 intensity the following day at a record-low latitude. Only slight weakening followed as Matthew curved slowly towards the north, remaining a strong Category 4 hurricane; early on October 4, Matthew made landfall of Haiti. The tropical cyclone briefly emerged into the Gulf of Gonâve and Windward Passage before making a second landfall on the eastern tip of Cuba. Land interaction helped to weaken the storm, though subsequent strengthening allowed Matthew to regain Category 4 intensity in the Bahamas. Between October 7–8, Matthew had a serious impact on the Coastal Empire with flooding and down trees. Savannah Mayor Eddie De- Loach working along with CEMA emphazised the importance of evacuation. Transportation was provided by Chatham Area Transit to residents without transportation at no cost to the evacuees.
The hurricane gradually weakened as it paralleled the coast of Florida and Georgia, remaining just offshore before making landfall on South Carolina as a low-end hurricane.
The storm, which made landfall near McClellanville, South Carolina, Saturday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, roared off the Georgia coast through the night Friday and early morning hours Saturday as a Category 2 storm. More than 300 deaths have been attributed to the storm. Georgia Power has multiple crews — nearly 5,000 personnel members from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas — working to restore power following Hurricane Matthew. Crews had to navigate extensive damage, including flooding and roads blocked by downed trees.
Georgia power had been restored to more than 110,000 customers following the Hurricane. There are more than 203,000 customers without power, and crews are working safely to restore service.
Hurricane Matthew continued up the coast creating more disaster through the Carolinas.