ST AUGUSTINE, FL - OCTOBER 07: Rob Birch checks on his car which floated out of his drive way as Hurricane Matthew passes through the area on October 7, 2016 in St Augustine, Florida. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina all declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Matthew reached the coast as a Category 3 hurricane on Friday. The designation means winds were measured between 111 and 129 mph and the storm – although weakened from the Category 4 hurricane it was as it spun through the Caribbean – had the capacity to cause devastating damage.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory have declared states of emergency. President Barack Obama declared a federal state of emergency in Georgia early Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, joining South Carolina and Florida.