Hurricane Matthew: Deadly Hurricane Causing Mass Evacuations, 7 Million Could Lose Power

Hurricane Matthew, currently a Category 4 hurricane, is hammering the Bahamas. Experts are warning that it could hit Category 5 strength by later this evening, as it’s expected to slam into Florida’s east coast.

Thursday afternoon President Obama declared a state of emergency in Florida, just hours after Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned the public that they need to take the storm seriously saying “this will kill you.”

“If a direct landfall occurs, this will be unlike any hurricane in the modern era,” said the National Weather Service’s Jacksonville office in a forecast discussion.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday morning, Scott said, “We’re planning for the worst, hoping for the best, but we’re not going to take a chance.”

Florida National Guardsmen on Florida Highway
The Florida National Guard Released this photo showing their vehicles making their way to the expected danger zone as millions of residents tried to evacuate the area.

Scott also announced the activation of 500 Florida National Guardsmen. Another 6,000 members of the Florida National Guard were placed on standby in the event of a large-scale evacuation or response effort after the storm.

Millions Unprepared for the Coming Storm and it’s Aftermath

As usual, millions of unprepared people waited until the last minute to buy supplies, only to find store shelves completely emptied or hour long lines to even get into the building.

Major Fuel, Food and Water Shortages throughout the Southeast

Line of Cars waiting for Gas

GATE Stores, a chain of convenience stores that operate throughout the Southeastern United States issued a warning today telling the public that they were “experiencing low fuel levels” and “experiencing outages of water and other non-perishable items” at most of their stores.

Many Stores started running low on Supplies Days Ago

Residents were shocked to find area stores already having supply chain problems days before the storm even hit. As early as October 4th, people were reporting water shortages and food shortages throughout the Southeastern United States.

Walmart says they have activated their emergency operation centers and have placed teams to coordinate hurricane response operations.

Hurricane Matthew blasts Bahamas: 140 already Dead

Hurricane Matthew, the largest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, slammed the Bahamas on Thursday. According to the latest reports from the area, at least 140 people, mostly in Haiti, have been killed.

Seven Million throughout the Southeastern United States Could Lose Power

According to the latest power outage forecasts from researchers at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and Texas A&M University, over seven million people between Miami and the Carolinas are expected to lose power as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

“We’ll be running new power outage forecasts every six hours,” Seth Guikema, U-M associate professor of industrial and operations engineering, told WJXT. “With a storm this size, a small wobble isn’t going to change things very much. Even if it stays over the ocean, there are likely to be substantial power outage impacts.”

If you live in one of the forecasted danger zones you need to take this storm seriously. Officials from Florida to South Carolina are urging an estimated 2 million people to evacuate.

Gov. Scott said Florida could see its biggest evacuation ever. “This thing is getting close to our coast, you better be ready before. If it turns at the last minute, you’re not going to have time to get ready. You’re not going to be able to get your food and water. You’re not going to be able to evacuate. You’re going to put you and your family’s life at risk.”

Hurricanes should never be taken lightly. Even when downgraded to a tropical storm, the intense rain and winds generated by these storm systems can still be enough to cause major problems and large-scale damage throughout major portions of the country.

If you plan on staying in the area or have stayed beyond the period where you can safely evacuate, you need to be prepared to survive in your home for at least 14 days without food, water, or power.

  • Start filling any containers you can find with water NOW!
  • Start stockpiling extra food, recharging batteries, and getting your supplies ready.
  • Make sure your bug out bags are ready to go!

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6 Comments

  1. B from CA
    October 6, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Candles are important for long term prepping. But, in this case, the last thing I would use is a candle. If the wind doesn’t blow it out, the chance it might fall and start a fire would have me running for flashlights and battery run lanterns.

    This hurricane is said to have gone out and circled back and is now a #3 or#2. Still capable of doing harm.

    If these people had prepared, they would have already had the food, water, plywood, and sand bags.

    I wouldn’t buy a house in hurricane territory, but if I was there and talk of hurricanes started, I would secure my place and leave ASAP.

    The lines on freeways and highways are not necessary.
    The police and highway patrol can control traffic, allowing for quicker and more sensible evacuation.
    I haven’t seen proactive involvement by the patrol in twenty years. Why not ??
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  2. D
    October 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    My daughter moved to Charleston, SC 4 months ago. I sent her with a bug out bag, two 5lb buckets of food, batteries and a rocket stove and matches, lighter and mag. stick. She rolled her eyes at me and I said I hope you never have to use this but I will feel better if you have it. She is staying in her brick apartment on the second floor and she has supplies, water. People laugh but I’m so glad I take it seriously. Please send prayers for my daughters safety and everyone that is being affected by this storm.

  3. Broadwing
    October 7, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I realize this could have been a much worse storm for Florida, but, the media catastrophizing everything all the time gets old, plus gets you thinking; Is the truth out there? How many times are you going to get fully prepared, sit around waiting and then nothing happens, or you evacuate and nothing happens? Sooner or later your not going to listen, and then you’ll get caught with your pants down! I wish there media you could get strait answers from for a change instead of all the talking heads saying this, and saying that. I’m getting tired of all the BS!

  4. Navy vet
    October 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Living in Miami and Having survived and lived through many hurricanes and tropical storms, including Andrew, Katrina and Wilma, here are my thoughts and preps on Matthew.  90% or more of the people have no preps  and only prepare when we are in the cone.   So when everyone else is scrambling at the last minute, I can focus on OPSEC and catch up on other things. 

    Our current house is 3 blocks from the bay or about 700 meters and elevation is approx 2 meters. 

    My current preps have 30 gallons water in 5 gal jugs, and another 55 gallons in a rain barrel. Emergency  Food supply for 30 days as well a camping stove and a months worth of fuel.  Batteries, candles, flashlights and solar powered lights as well.  Back up solar chargers for home electronics. 

    All preps are kept in water tight orange ammo boxes a green  box for tactical supplies. Each is labeled accordingly such as first aid, health and hygiene, flashlights and batteries, etc. 

    Emergency Comms is a CB radio and set of GMRS . I am currently studying form my ham technician license.

    Here is my checklist for when a storm comes,  this was put to the test with Matthew. I still need to do a postmortem on my preps and make adustmements. 

    Feel free to modify for your own SHTF or update in the comments 

    Hurricane prep 

    Track storm 

     http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

    Five days in cone 

    Check all supplies 
    Gas
    Water 
    Dog food 
    Paper goods, toilet and paper towels 

    Three days in cone  

    Charge all power tools
    Top off gas
    Top off water 
    Top off any foods stuffs 
    Top off first aid supplies 
    Get cash 200-300 small bills 

    Two days in cone 

     Prepare garage 
    Remove all patio outdoor  Furniture 
     garbage cans, BBQ etc. 
    Fully charge all solar lights and back up batteries 
    Charge communications 
    Check battery powered flashlights 
    Make gallon bucket of  solid ice for ice chest 
    Make more ice for back up
    Wash clothes 
    Start medicating dogs with calming polls etc. 
    charge backup battery 
    Evaluate need to bug out to Srq. 

    One day /day of based on time of impact 

    Move all preps orange cans, first aid and food into house 
    Water cans in house 
    Green tactical can and self defense systems 
    Deploy flood storm surge systems / sandbags 
    Prepare tactical plans 
    Preposition flashlights and candles in house 
     Preposition communications in house 

  5. B from CA
    October 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Navy Vet:
    Good to see someone familiar with this emergency senario taking responsibility and being prepared.

    To those foolish people who read these sites and whose resounding comment is “fear porn”, which is a disgusting reminder of disgusting MSM and Hollywood trash, and not a real expression any of us should ever use to describe anything; I say this:

    Here, this is why so called “Preppers” prepare for a time when those systems we rely on may not be available to us. Rather than be taken completely off guard, some of us choose to take certain precautions. No two families is equally prepared. No two families goes about it in the exact same way.

    Yesterday I got a can opener in the mail. This one was Made in America. I compared it to the cheap Chinese garbage opener that never worked properly and was getting worse. My new one is as solid as stainless steal and twice as heavy. You can see the difference in workmanship. During a hurricane which one would you prefer. I prefer the dependable American made product.

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  6. Jeremy Rivers.
    October 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

    It really kind of sickens me to see the attitude of these people. They make fun of us for prepping ahead of time and then when the disaster hits or before it does, they whine about not having any supplies or being able to find them.

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