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Major Evacuations Ordered in Southeast Ahead of Matthew

Four states have declared States of Emergency and over a million people will be evacuated in advance of powerful Hurricane Matthew, which is slowly trekking towards the southeastern United States and could bring hurricane-force winds to Florida as soon as Thursday.

In South Carolina, Governor Nikki Haley declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday and issued an evacuation order for the entire coastline. Schools and government offices will be closed along South Carolina’s coast starting on Wednesday to help facilitate the evacuation.

In North Carolina, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington campus ordered students to evacuate in advance of the storm, and other locations are considering evacuation following the state’s emergency declaration on Monday.

In Florida, Broward County Public Schools will be closed on both Thursday and Friday, likely just the first of several anticipated significant school and business closures across the East Coast. Long lines at gas lines and shortages in grocery stores were widespread on Tuesday in the Sunshine State’s heavily populated southeast coast, which could take a direct hit from the Category 4 hurricane.

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Georgia also declared a State of Emergency in 13 counties on Tuesday.

The official National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast cone for Hurricane Matthew continued to budge the storm closer to the Atlantic coastline on Tuesday, with several individual model solutions showing the possibility of a direct landfall on the storm sometime late Thursday through Friday. Hurricane and tropical storm watches were posted by the NHC on Tuesday for parts of Florida.

There is still considerable uncertainty with the forecast. Be sure to stay with WeatherNation for the latest on Matthew and the tropics.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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