DISCUSSION: Following the passage of Hurricane Matthew, residents of Florida experienced up to Category 4 winds, pummeling towns to expected destruction. President Obama urged to residents "Do not be a hold out here because we can always replace property, but we can't replace lives." This statement all coming after Florida Governor Rick Scott indicating, "We are very concerned about storm surge, and the worst effects are still likely to come," after his first conference several days ago stating, "Unfortunately, this is going to kill people."
Through Friday evening, Hurricane Matthew brought over 6 inches of precipitation to Jacksonville, including record levels of the St. Johns river, a city of much concern to state officials even after the expanded evacuation order issued Thursday.
Storm surge was of major interest Friday and Saturday as Matthew continues to push through the Eastern seaboard. Storm surge has contributed to the loss of portions of state road A1A in Flagler County. Access is currently blocked to all beach areas including, many roadways flooded in St. Augustine. The hurricane was expected to produce precipitation amounts of 6-12 inches, with predictions of storm surge exceeding 8-12 feet. Reports of massive storm surge flooding in area that include Port Orange, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, and Jacksonville Beach.
Stay tuned to additional reports as Hurricane Matthew continues its path Northeast, bringing a trail of destruction even after is downgrade to Category 1. View interesting photos and tweets from storm damage below!
- Meteorologist Jessica Olsen