Named Storm Matthew has set records throughout it's long life. Unfortunately, those records are all very bad. The death count is nearing 1000 souls in the Caribbean, Bahamas and the United States. The human tragedy has been great with severe flooding taking an extreme toll on homes and businesses. Flooding in parts of three US states is still on-going and many streets, roads and Interstates are still closed due to trees down and high water. Power is out for approximately 1 million persons in 5 states and this will be slow to be repaired.
This was the first Major Category landfalling hurricane in the US in several years and while some persons refused to follow evacuation orders, the majority of persons did travel inland to relative safety. Those who stayed in place in the face of this deadly hurricane were some of the one's who were killed. Perhaps now, those persons who stayed in the primary devastation areas and survived will think twice in the future and leave. The fact that they did stay in mandatory evacuation areas put first responders lives at risk, That is completely unacceptable.
We wish to thank our viewers for following our 'unofficial' advisories and updates during this event. This is our final "Named Storm Matthew - 2016" post.
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Tropical Storm Research Center, Gulf Shores, Alabama