A super powerful hurricane, Hurricane Matthew, just caused a lot of damage, and some deaths, in the Caribbean. The country of Haiti was hit especially hard — a tragedy since they are still recovering from an earthquake a few years ago.
Now Hurricane Matthew is heading to the U.S.
On Thursday night, it’s expected to reach the southeastern coast of the U.S. — beginning with Florida. On Friday and into the weekend, weather forecasters predict it will make its way up along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. And then hopefully back out into the ocean. Hurricanes usually do not come far onto land because they get their energy from the ocean.
The good news is that because forecasters have gotten better at predicting how hurricanes travel, over 2 million people in Hurricane Matthew’s path were told to leave their homes and businesses behind until the storm passes in a few days. It is the largest mandatory evacuation since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Schools in the area are closed. Flights have been cancelled. Cruise ships are steering clear. Before they left, many residents boarded up their doors and windows, tied outdoor furniture down, got extra food, water and batteries, as well as gas for their cars.
Even though hurricanes are known for their strong winds (this one will have winds up to 145 miles per hour!), the water it brings with it on shore can cause a lot of damage too. Flooding, for example.
President Obama reminded people that, “you can always rebuild, you can always repair property, you cannot restore a life if it is lost.”
Remind me, what’s a hurricane?
For how to prepare for a hurricane, you can click here for Ready.gov
For more on the storm you can click here for the National Weather Service .
And we hope our friends impacted by Hurricane Matthew will stay safe. 🙂