>> Hurricane Matthew barreling through the Caribbean and lashing Haiti and Cuba with torrential rain and 140 mile per hour winds, and killing at least 17 people. Dubbed by the UN as the worst humanitarian crisis to hit Haiti since the devastating 2010 earthquake, the hurricane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, displaced hundreds of thousands of people and killed four people in the Dominican Republic.
The storm also knocked out communications in many of the worst affected areas in Haiti making it harder to assess the severity of the impact. Early on Wednesday Matthew was downgraded to a category three storm as it headed north. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings were issued in parts of Florida.
The National Weather Service said the threat to life and property there was high, predicting winds of up to 70 miles per hour.>> If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven't seen in years.>> In South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley declaring a state of emergency as the storm moves in.
>> All of the South Carolina coast is within that cone. So it is still all subject to possible storm damage as we go forward. I can tell you that National Guard's already mobilized.>> Haley ordering the evacuation of more than 1 million people living along the coast.