>> Hurricane Matthew battering Jacksonville, Florida late Friday. The state's most populous city seeing massive flooding and potentially catastrophic damage as the powerful storm skirts up the coast of the Southeastern US. Matthew, which weakened to a category 2 during the day, still packing 110 mile per hour winds. Threatening storm surges of as much as a dozen feet.
And leaving more than a million customers without power in the state. Reuters Zack Goldman assessed the damage along Florida's Atlantic seaboard.>> Here in Daytona Beach you can really see some of the extreme effects of the wind shear. You've got debris that's just littered the entire sidewalk, tearing off the awnings.
Behind me you see the scaffolding that's just been ripped down off some of these buildings. This is really where the hurricane passed not too far. Here's the limit of where the tidal surge hit. You can see all of this line right here, that's as far up as the water came.
Talking about 11 foot storm surges, in some cases. And then over my shoulder, you can see what's still going on at sea. That's an angry, angry bunch of choppy surf. And this is the tail end of the hurricane. The hurricane has passed and we're still seeing debris just being blown through the streets.
>> Matthew, which passed over Miami and Palm Beach Thursday night without making landfall, didn't cause significant damage or injuries in the southern part of the state. But, officials warn the storm still poses a major threat further north. The governors of Georgia and South Carolina, where president Obama has also declared states of emergency, ordering residents and visitors to evacuate.
>> The storm, as we hoped it would relieve a little bit of the situation, I think we are seeing that it's getting worse. There is nothing safe about what's getting ready to happen.>> Experts tell Reuters that, by staying offshore, Matthew could actually gather more steam as it heads up the coast.
The hurricane already leaving massive devastation behind in the Caribbean. Killing hundreds in Haiti alone.