How Hurricane Matthew affected each state it hit

As Hurricane Matthew begins to head east into the Atlantic as a post-tropical cyclone, the damage the storm caused has left four states — Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina — picking up the pieces and dealing with heavy flooding.

Matthew has killed at least 15 people in the U.S. and left countless more without power.

Here is a breakdown of Hurricane Matthew’s impacts state-by-state:


Matthew barreled along Florida's eastern coast all day Friday. While the storm never made landfall, four people in Florida died, the Associated Press reported.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday that his state was “blessed” that Matthew did not make a direct hit. “It would have been a lot worse for our families.” Before the hurricane came, Scott had said, “This storm will kill you.”

Had the storm been 20 miles closer to the coast, the damage could have been much worse, meteorologists said.

Storm surges have also caused widespread flooding along the eastern coast.

More than 1.5 million in Florida were under evacuation orders and more than one million customers lost power.


Although Savannah and much of Georgia avoided Matthew’s worst effects, the storm still caused floods and power outages across the state.

St. Simons and Jekyll Islands faced what officials called a "1 in 500-year storm surge event" with a 9-foot wall of water carrying 25-foot waves.

Three people were killed in Georgia due to Matthew, AP reported, and downed trees and closed roads hit much of the southeastern part of the state.

South Carolina

Matthew officially made landfall Saturday morning 40 miles northeast of Charleston, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since Gaston in 2004.

Charleston faced a 6-foot storm surge, with massive flooding and downed trees, and piers at Myrtle Beach were destroyed.

"We're not seeing as much structural damage, which is the good news of that, as much as we're seeing flooding,” Gov. Nikki Haley said.

One person in the state died from Matthew, AP reported, and at least 800,000 homes and businesses were without power.

North Carolina

Flood damage in North Carolina from Matthew has been deadly, leading to the rescue of at more than 880 people.

At least seven people in the state have died, and about 760,000 remain without power.

Rainfall totaled 16 inches in Tar Heel, 15 in Goldsboro, 12 in Fayetteville, 9 in Raleigh and 6 in Wilmington.

Gov. Pat McCrory warned Sunday that rivers aren’t expected to peak for another two days.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s house was “completely destroyed,” he added.

“Can you imagine clinging to a tree overnight?" McCrory asked. “I’m sure as the daylight comes, we’re going to see people trapped.”

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