Nearly 2 million people have been urged to evacuate along the East Coast and more than 12 million are under
watch or warning, after
strengthened overnight with winds reaching 125 mph.
The official NHC forecast for Matthew as of 5 pm EDT Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
The storm is forecast to impact Florida today, possibly as a Category 4 storm. If it makes landfall, it would be the
most powerful storm
since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 to do so, and could cause
as much as $15 billion
in economic disruption.
This morning, the National Hurricane Center
“life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast and Georgia coast.”
Matthew has caused
at least 26 deaths
across the Caribbean.
For a deeper dive:
AP, Seth Borenstein Q&A
ThinkProgress, Joe Romm column
Forbes, Marshall Shepherd column
Grist, Scott Dodd column
New York Times, John Schwartz Q&A
Discover Magazine, Tom Yulsman column
Pacific Standard, Eric Holthaus op-ed
Miami Herald editorial