Hurricane Matthew just hit Haiti this morning as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving a wake of disaster behind. It’s now heading straight for the southeastern coast of the US.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service are now predicting landfall in the Savannah region late Friday night to early Saturday morning.
While its potential impact on the U.S. remained unclear, NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins has just suggested that the storm’s path could be reminiscent of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 — which required the evacuation of 2.6 million people across five states.
As of this morning, Karins expected the storm could be a “major hurricane” from Florida all the way to North Carolina, though he noted the projected impact might fluctuate.
The US National Hurricane Center is recommending that Georgia residents have their disaster emergency kits stocked and readily accessible in case of extended flash flooding or downed power lines.
They are saying that Hurricane Matthew now has the potential to be the most significant hurricane that has been seen in the Savannah area since Hugo.