Hurricane Matthew is set to deliver a devastating blow to eastern Florida starting Thursday night, and then will hammer areas farther north up the coast in Georgia and the Carolinas Friday into the weekend.
An important point to make is that landfall does NOT need to take place for the worst impacts to come ashore. The strongest winds and most drilling surge will come to the coast in the eyewall, which surrounds the eye. Landfall occurs when the calmest portion of the eye, or the center, comes ashore. Hurricane conditions will come ashore even if the center stays 20 to 30 miles offshore.
The severe impacts from this hurricane could lead to some locations being uninhabitable for weeks or months, the National Weather Service says.
Power outages are looking to be significant up the coast.
If you are in this region of the United States, follow the instructions of local authorities to protect your home and your life. If asked to evacuate, do it.