As Hurricane Matthew Upgrades to a Category 4, FL Gov. Scott Warns: ‘This Storm Will Kill You’

Hurricane Matthew, which is on a path towards the east coast of Florida, has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm.

Some 1.5 million Floridians are evacuating the eastern portion of the state, according to Florida Governor Rick Scott. He has warned them not to stay in their homes, adding:

“This storm will kill you.”

Gov. Scott said that some portions of the state could see a storm surge 5-9 feet above ground.

After Matthew’s winds reached 140 miles per hour on Thursday morning, it was upgraded to a category 4 storm. If it increases by 17 miles, it will be upgraded to category 5.

Scott is urging residents to leave dangerous areas:

The neighboring states of Georgia and South Carolina are also bracing for impact. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ordered evacuations for four coastal counties, while in Georgia, six coastal counties have been evacuated.

Estimates by weather experts have suggested that this will be the worst hurricane for Florida since Hurricane Andrew, which was a category 5 storm. In 1992, Andrew’s wake leveled neighborhoods and destroyed thousands of homes.

Bill Karins, a meteorologist for NBC News, said his forecast for Matthew was nearly as bad as what he expected for Hurricane Katrina:

Although Matthew is still barreling towards Florida, the hurricane has already killed 104 people in the Caribbean. Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall in Florida Thursday night.

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