rricane Matthew lashing the coast of South Carolina Saturday morning. Governor Nikki Haley warning the state's Barrier Islands were the biggest concerns, facing torrential rainfall and what is expected to be a massive storm surge.>> Be prepared for flooding. If you are in a low lying area, or in any of those coastal areas, get to your highest floor of your house.
If you are in a one story house and you're in some of those barrier islands, low lying areas. We ask that you go to a neighbor that has a higher, that more floors so you can get to higher ground. Because we think that's really gonna be a problem.
>> Matthew downgraded to a category one after raking up Florida's Atlantic coast. Killing at least four and leaving more that a million without power. Authorities saying two of the deaths were caused by falling trees and two others died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas generator as they sheltered inside a garage.
I'm Zak Goldman in Orlando, where thousands of Floridians filled the cities hotels fleeing a mandatory evacuation order trying to get out of the storm's path. Already on Saturday we're seeing people starting to pack up, return home, but they don't necessarily know what they're returning to. The feeling is that the state may have dodged a major disaster, cuz the storm never actually made landfall in Florida.
But we were out on Daytona Beach on Friday and the evidence of the hurricane's passage was absolutely clear. We saw roofs ripped off of homes. The facades torn off of hotels. Further up the coast there were reports of very serious flooding in St. Augustine and Jacksonville. On Saturday the state wide curfew has been lifted, the streets are clear.
We've seen work crews already out and about clearing the debris from roads and trying to repair downed power lines. The destruction in the US so far nothing compared with the devastation left after the storm blew through Haiti. Close to 900 people died, and tens of thousands displaced in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.