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Published 06/10/2016

The roof of a gas lays collapsed in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. The head of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Authority, Capt. Stephen Russell, said there were many downed trees and power lines, but no reports of casualties. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
The roof of a gas lays collapsed in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. The head of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Authority, Capt. Stephen Russell, said there were many downed trees and power lines, but no reports of casualties. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
Residents and vehicles avoid a downed tree and power cable along a flooded roadway in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. The head of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Authority, Capt. Stephen Russell, said there were many downed trees and power lines, but no reports of casualties. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
COCOA, FL - OCTOBER 06: A man walks under the Cocoa Beach Pier as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Traffic stacks up on I-75 North fleeing the coast and Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, near McDonough, Ga. Hurricane Matthew steamed toward heavily populated Florida with terrifying winds of 140 mph Thursday, and 2 million people across the Southeast were warned to flee inland. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Saint Anne church lays totally destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Camp Perrin, a district of Les Cayes, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Two days after the storm rampaged across the country's remote southwestern peninsula, authorities and aid workers still lack a clear picture of what they fear is the country's biggest disaster in years. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Traffic stacks up on I-75 North fleeing the coast and Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, near McDonough, Ga. Hurricane Matthew steamed toward heavily populated Florida with terrifying winds of 140 mph Thursday, and 2 million people across the Southeast were warned to flee inland. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Alex of M.I.A Barber shop puts up plywood to protect his windows at a strip mall in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Customers wait in line to purchase essentials at a grocery store in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Workers put up shutters at a strip mall in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Workers put up shutters at a strip mall in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Workers put up shutters at a strip mall in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Workers put up shutters at a strip mall in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Workers put up shutters at a strip mall in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Workers put up shutters at a strip mall in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
A man loads cases of water into a cart at a grocery store in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Miami homeowners put up shutters in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
A man loads cases of water into a cart at a grocery store in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Customers wait in line to purchase essentials at a grocery store in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Miami homeowners put up shutters in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in the Country Club neighborhood of Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Miami homeowners put up shutters in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in the Country Club neighborhood of Miami, Florida on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks his grandson on the empty main street of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 6, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew makes its way towards the United States. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Nine-year-old Gavin Lickber plays a card game with his grandmother in a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Volunteers take care of pets in a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Nine-year-old Gavin Lickber plays a card game with his grandmother in a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Employees leave their hotel ready with sandbags in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 6, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew makes its way towards the United States. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Sandbags are seen in front of the entrance of a hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 6, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew makes its way towards the United States. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
The empty main street of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is seen on October 6, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew makes its way towards the United States. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
A sign is seen in the door of a cafe in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 6, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew makes its way towards the United States. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Carol Bettelli sits along with others in a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Local resident take shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Local resident take shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Locals scramble to fill sandbags with the last of a supply at the Road and Bridge Department in Kissimmee, Florida in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
Consumers find the bread aisle at a local Wal-Mart supermarket emptied out in Kissimmee, Florida in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
Consumers find the bread aisle at a local WalMart supermarket emptied out in Kissimmee, Florida in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
Consumers find the bread aisle at a local WalMart supermarket emptied out in Kissimmee, Florida in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
A couple walks on the empty main street of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 6, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew makes its way towards the United States. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks on the empty main street of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 6, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew makes its way towards the United States. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Jennifer Miller and her daughter Jubilee rest laying on the floor of a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Jennifer Miller and her daughter Jubilee rest laying on the floor of a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Shawn Miller plays on a cell phone laying on the floor of a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Jennifer Miller and her daughter Jubilee rest laying on the floor of a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Carol Bettelli (C) sits along with others in a makeshift shelter at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Locals put sandbags in their vehicle with the last of a supply at the Road and Bridge Department in Kissimmee, Florida in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
Clouds cover the sky over the beach near the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Matthew steamed toward Florida with winds of 140 mph Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people across the Southeast boarded up their homes and fled inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. (Will Vragovic /Tampa Bay Times via AP)
Locals scramble to fill sandbags with the last of a supply at the Road and Bridge Department in Kissimmee, Florida in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Locals scramble to fill sandbags with the last of a supply at the Road and Bridge Department in Kissimmee, Florida in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
This GOES East satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Matthew moving northwest of Cuba towards the Atlantic coast of southern Florida, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2016. Matthew was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane late Thursday morning, with top sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm was blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone, and officials in Florida urged residents of the Sunshine State to prepare for what could be widespread and massive damage. (NOAA via AP)
JUPITER, FL - OCTOBER 06: Waves crash along the back of a building as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a possible category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - OCTOBER 06: Karen Lanman and Don Lanman look out at the churning ocean as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a possible category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This NOAA-NASA Goes East project satellite image shows Hurricane Matthew(L)in the Caribbean and Tropical Storm Nicole(R)to the east of Hurricane Matthew in the Atlantic on October 6, 2016 at 1737 UTC. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NOAA-NASA GOES Project / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NOAA-NASA GOES PROJECT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS HO/AFP/Getty Images
Locals scramble to fill sandbags with the last of a supply at the Road and Bridge Department in Kissimmee, Florida in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
A loaf of bread is all that was left in the bread aisle of a Wal-Mart supermarket in Kissimmee, Florida as people buy supplies in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
Traffic is seen in Kissimmee, Florida as people buy supplies in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
People purchase supplies to protect their homes at a local Home Depot in Kissimmee in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced an urgent evacuation order Thursday as monstrous Hurricane Matthew -- now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone -- bore down for a direct hit on Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg NewtonGREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Granma military contingent in Bayamo (753 km from Havana) Cuba, prepare to travel to Guantanamo province in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew slashed the island on October 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Granma military contingent in Bayamo (753 km from Havana) Cuba, prepare to travel to Guantanamo province in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew slashed the island on October 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Granma military contingent in Bayamo (753 km from Havana) Cuba, prepare to travel to Guantanamo province in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew slashed the island on October 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Granma military contingent in Bayamo (753 km from Havana) Cuba, prepare to travel to Guantanamo province in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew slashed the island on October 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
JUNO BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Surfers walk along the beach as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Juno Beach, United States. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a possible category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Ted Houston and his dog Kermit visit the beach as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Palm Beach, United States. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains from Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 6, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left at least 23 people dead in Haiti, a toll likely to climb as authorities re-establish contact with the hardest-hit areas where the damage is "catastrophic," officials said. The Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade, Matthew slammed into Haiti, the Americas' poorest nation, with heavy rains and devastating winds triggering severe flooding and mud slides. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
A pair of swimmers take advantage of the high surf from winds associated with Hurricane Matthew Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Matthew steamed toward Florida with winds of 140 mph Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people across the Southeast boarded up their homes and fled inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Homes lay in ruins after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Two days after the storm rampaged across the country's remote southwestern peninsula, authorities and aid workers still lack a clear picture of what they fear is the country's biggest disaster in years. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains from Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 6, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left at least 23 people dead in Haiti, a toll likely to climb as authorities re-establish contact with the hardest-hit areas where the damage is "catastrophic," officials said. The Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade, Matthew slammed into Haiti, the Americas' poorest nation, with heavy rains and devastating winds triggering severe flooding and mud slides. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains from Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 6, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left at least 23 people dead in Haiti, a toll likely to climb as authorities re-establish contact with the hardest-hit areas where the damage is "catastrophic," officials said. The Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade, Matthew slammed into Haiti, the Americas' poorest nation, with heavy rains and devastating winds triggering severe flooding and mud slides. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains from Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 6, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left at least 23 people dead in Haiti, a toll likely to climb as authorities re-establish contact with the hardest-hit areas where the damage is "catastrophic," officials said. The Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade, Matthew slammed into Haiti, the Americas' poorest nation, with heavy rains and devastating winds triggering severe flooding and mud slides. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains from Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 6, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left at least 23 people dead in Haiti, a toll likely to climb as authorities re-establish contact with the hardest-hit areas where the damage is "catastrophic," officials said. The Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade, Matthew slammed into Haiti, the Americas' poorest nation, with heavy rains and devastating winds triggering severe flooding and mud slides. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains from Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 6, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left at least 23 people dead in Haiti, a toll likely to climb as authorities re-establish contact with the hardest-hit areas where the damage is "catastrophic," officials said. The Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade, Matthew slammed into Haiti, the Americas' poorest nation, with heavy rains and devastating winds triggering severe flooding and mud slides. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
COCOA, FL - OCTOBER 06: Brother and sisters, Nicholas, (R), Jasmine, (C), and Samantha Cleveland (L), put sand in plastic shopping bags to be placed at their home nearby as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A resident repairs his home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Two days after the storm rampaged across the country's remote southwestern peninsula, authorities and aid workers still lack a clear picture of what they fear is the country's biggest disaster in years. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
COCOA, FL - OCTOBER 05: Hotels and condominiums are boarded up as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Residents repair their homes destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Two days after the storm rampaged across the country's remote southwestern peninsula, authorities and aid workers still lack a clear picture of what they fear is the country's biggest disaster in years. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
This US Navy photo obtained October 6, 2016 shows Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as they load equipment onto the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) prior to the ship getting underway, as the ship sortied as a precaution in advance of Hurricane Matthew on October 5, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / PO Officer2ndClass Mark ANDREW HAYS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY/PO OFFICER 2NDCLASS MARK ANDREW HAYS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS PO OFFICER2NDCLASS MARK ANDREW H/AFP/Getty Images
DELRAY BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Jason Brock (L) and Kevin Hunter put up hurricane shutters in front of a business as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Delray Beach, United States. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This US Navy photo obtained October 6, 2016 shows the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21)as they make preparations for Hurricane Matthew at Naval Station Mayport on October 5, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / Navy Media Content Operations (N / Seaman Michael LOPEZ / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY/SEAMAN MICHAEL LOPEZ" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS SEAMAN MICHAEL LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
DELRAY BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Danny Askins and Brenden Kavana (R) put up hurricane shutters as they prepare the Sandwiches Sea restaurant as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Delray Beach, United States. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This US Navy photo obtained October 6, 2016 shows Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as it departs Naval Station Mayport in preparation of Hurricane Matthew's arrival onto Florida's eastern coast on October 5, 2016. (File photo AFP/Getty Images)
DELRAY BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Pat Lena and Frank Capano (bottom) put up hurricane shutters as they prepare South Ocean Shop for Hurricane Matthew as it approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Delray Beach, United States. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Wind brought by Hurricane Matthew blow palm trees on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. The head of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Authority, Capt. Stephen Russell, said there were many downed trees and power lines, but no reports of casualties. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
COCOA, FL - OCTOBER 06: A lifeguard stand sits is tied to the Cocoa Beach Pier as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
SATILLITE BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Residents buy plywood ahead of the approching hurricane, October 6, 2016 on Satillite Beach, florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
COCOA, FL - OCTOBER 06: A man walks under the Cocoa Beach Pier as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
COCOA BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Waves from approching Hurricane Matthew churn up underneath the Cocoa Beach Pier October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
COCOA, FL - OCTOBER 06: A man walks near the Cocoa Beach Pier as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
COCOA BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Waves from approching Hurricane Matthew churn up underneath the Cocoa Beach Pier October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
COCOA BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: A lifeguard stand sits empty as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
SATILLITE BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Residents buy plywood ahead of the approching Hurricane October 6, 2016 on Satillite Beach, florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Hurricane Matthew moves through Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. The head of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Authority, Capt. Stephen Russell, said there were many downed trees and power lines, but no reports of casualties. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
A local resident collects sand in a bag from the Neptune beach to use for flood protection at his house ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A woman with her child walks off the \Neptune beach as heavy cloud gather ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Downtown Miami is empty as people wait for Hurricane Matthew to come ashore October 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Residents of the US state of Florida scrambled to escape the path of Hurricane Matthews on Thursday as it pounded the Bahamas after leaving 27 people dead in the Caribbean.The storm, which is swirling near the northwest Bahamas, is expected to intensify to a Category Four hurricane as it moves northwest towards Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
South Florida residents prepare for Hurricane Matthew by purchasing plywood at Home Depot on October 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Residents of the US state of Florida scrambled to escape the path of Hurricane Matthews on Thursday as it pounded the Bahamas after leaving 27 people dead in the Caribbean.The storm, which is swirling near the northwest Bahamas, is expected to intensify to a Category Four hurricane as it moves northwest towards Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
A maintenance worker at Mangos Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive attaches plywood on the entrance as a precaution from Hurricane Matthew October 6, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. Residents of the US state of Florida scrambled to escape the path of Hurricane Matthews on Thursday as it pounded the Bahamas after leaving 27 people dead in the Caribbean.The storm, which is swirling near the northwest Bahamas, is expected to intensify to a Category Four hurricane as it moves northwest towards Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
South Florida residents prepare for Hurricane Matthew by purchasing plywood at Home Depot on October 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Residents of the US state of Florida scrambled to escape the path of Hurricane Matthews on Thursday as it pounded the Bahamas after leaving 27 people dead in the Caribbean.The storm, which is swirling near the northwest Bahamas, is expected to intensify to a Category Four hurricane as it moves northwest towards Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
Maintenance workers at Mangos Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive attach plywood on the entrance as a precaution from Hurricane Matthew October 6, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. Residents of the US state of Florida scrambled to escape the path of Hurricane Matthews on Thursday as it pounded the Bahamas after leaving 27 people dead in the Caribbean.The storm, which is swirling near the northwest Bahamas, is expected to intensify to a Category Four hurricane as it moves northwest towards Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
Maintenance workers at Mangos Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive attach plywood on the entrance as a precaution from Hurricane Matthew October 6, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. Residents of the US state of Florida scrambled to escape the path of Hurricane Matthews on Thursday as it pounded the Bahamas after leaving 27 people dead in the Caribbean.The storm, which is swirling near the northwest Bahamas, is expected to intensify to a Category Four hurricane as it moves northwest towards Florida. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
A man takes photos as heavy clouds gather over the Neptune beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident jogs at dawn in a coastal line neighborhood ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident collects sand in a bag from the Neptune beach to use for flood protection at his house ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A woman walks on the beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A woman with her daughter takes pictures at the Neptune beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A woman with her daughter take pictures at the Neptune beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A man takes pictures as heavy clouds gather over the Neptune beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident collects sand in a bag from the Neptune beach to use for flood protection at his house ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident collects sand in a bag from the Neptune beach to use for flood protection at his house ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A man watches heavy cloud hovering over the Neptune beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident takes pictures on the beach with her dog ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A man watches heavy cloud hovering over the Neptune beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident walks on the beach with her dog ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident collects sand in a bag from the Neptune beach to use for flood protection at his house ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident collects sand in a bag from the Neptune beach to use for flood protection at his house ahead of hurricane Matthew in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday. Matthew has already killed 27 people as it barreled its way through the Caribbean, with the Bahamas the last to be hit. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Kevin Forde (L) and John Haughey put up plywood on a window as they prepare for Hurricane Matthew as it approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Miami Beach, United States. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This NOAA-NASA Goes East project satellite image shows Hurricane Matthew on October 6, 2016 at 1245 UTC in the Caribbean. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said Thursday.Governor Rick Scott described a possibly catastrophic and deadly scenario of huge storm surges, fierce winds, the ocean eating up beaches and other havoc from the storm. "Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate," Scott told a news conference. "Time is running out." / AFP PHOTO / NOAA-NASA GOES Project / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NOAA-NASA GOES PROJECT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS HO/AFP/Getty Images
SATELLITE BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Jake Moore secures a sheet of plywood to the roof of his car ahead of approaching Hurricane October 6, 2016 on Satellite Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
SATELLITE BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: People load plywood into vehicles ahead of the approaching Hurricane October 6, 2016 on Satellite Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Kevin Forde (L) and John Haughey put up plywood on a window as they prepare for Hurricane Matthew as it approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Miami Beach, United States. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SATELLITE BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Doug Smith loads a sheet of plywood into his truck ahead of the approaching Hurricane October 6, 2016 on Satellite Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
SATELLITE BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Colleen Ydo (C) reaches to hug neighbor Karen Smith (R), as her husband Rod Smith (L), sits nearby on October 6, 2016 on Satellite Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A woman walks past damaged housing in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
SATELLITE BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Rod Smith (R), hugs his wife Karen as they watch the churning surf on October 6, 2016 on Satellite Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Winds from Hurricane Matthew move through a marina on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Forecasters said Hurricane Matthew gained new muscle over the Bahamas and they are also expanding the hurricane warning area further up the Southeast Atlantic seacoast from Florida into Georgia. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
This US Navy photo shows nine ships from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, research vessel Walton Smith and a contract vessel as they take shelter at Naval Air Station Key Wests Mole Pier on October 5, 2016 as Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida. NAS Key West is not currently projected to be in Matthews path and as such, stands by to support other services and relief efforts. / AFP PHOTO / Navy Media Content Operations (N / HOHO/AFP/Getty Images
MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Gavin Cohen (L) and Ada Cohen take in the scene as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on October 6, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a category 4 storm. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man tries to cross the overflowing of the river Rouyonne, in the commune of Leogane Port-au-Prince, on October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
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TOPSHOT - People try to cross the overflowing La Rouyonne river in the commune of Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - People try to cross the overflowing La Rouyonne river in the commune of Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - In this photo released by UNICEF, a woman crosses the street on a flood effected road as hurricane Matthew passes over on October 4, 2016 Port au Prince. Weakened but still dangerous, Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas Wednesday en route to an already jittery Florida after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / UNICEF / Logan ABASSI / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UNICEF/ Logan ABASSI - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS LOGAN ABASSI/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A motel displays a sign asking Hurricane Matthew to stay away in Kill Devil Hiils in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on October 5, 2016 as the storm makes its way towards the United States. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least 14 people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A man salvages a fan amid damaged housing in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A man carries a woman across a river at Petit Goave where a bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
A shopper walks by the empty shelves where bottled water normally would be, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, at a grocery store in Hollywood, Fla. Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas and nearly 2 million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes Wednesday, a mass exodus ahead of a major storm packing power the U.S. hasn't seen in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
People enjoy a day at the beach along the Broadwalk on Hollywood Beach as Hurricane Matthew approaches the coast, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 in Hollywood, Fla. People boarded up beach homes, schools closed and officials ordered evacuations along the East Coast on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew tore through the Bahamas and took aim at Florida, where the governor urged coastal residents to "leave now" if they were able. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
A boy stands inside a church after it was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Saint-Louis, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Residents carry food down a street strewn with rubble caused by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The hurricane rolled across the sparsely populated tip of Cuba overnight, destroying dozens of homes in Cuba's easternmost city, Baracoa, leaving hundreds of others damaged. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Residents carry food down a street strewn with rubble caused by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The hurricane rolled across the sparsely populated tip of Cuba overnight, destroying dozens of homes in Cuba's easternmost city, Baracoa, leaving hundreds of others damaged. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Motorists wait in a line of cars to buy gas at a Chevron gasoline station, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Hollywood, Fla. Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas and nearly 2 million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes Wednesday, a mass exodus ahead of a major storm packing power the U.S. hasn't seen in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Children sit inside a church damaged by Hurricane Matthew, in Saint-Louis, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Residents walk into a destroyed home after it was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Saint-Louis, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
A boy amd a woman walk next to remains of houses destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The hurricane rolled across the sparsely populated tip of Cuba overnight, destroying dozens of homes in Cuba's easternmost city, Baracoa, leaving hundreds of others damaged. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
(FILES): These three file photos show the USS George Washington (TOP) anchored off Manila Bay on October 25, 2012 in the Philippines; the US Navy Hospital-ship USNS Comfort (CENTER) arriving off the coast of Port-au-Prince on September 11, 2015 in Haiti; and The USS Mesa Verde (BOTTOM) taking part in the "Panamax 2009" joint wargame in the Atlantic Ocean on September 15, 2009. The US military said October 5, 2016 it is sending helicopters, an aircraft carrier, troops and other equipment to Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance after the impoverished Caribbean nation was lashed by Hurricane Matthew. The USS George Washington aircraft carrier, the USS Comfort hospital ship and the USS Mesa Verde amphibious transport ship were all en route to the seas around Haiti. / AFP PHOTOTED AJIBE,PIERRE MICHEL JEAN,MONICA RUEDA/AFP/Getty Images
People who had to evacuate the area return to their homes in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES): These three file photos show the USS George Washington (TOP) anchored off Manila Bay on October 25, 2012 in the Philippines; the US Navy Hospital-ship USNS Comfort (CENTER) arriving off the coast of Port-au-Prince on September 11, 2015 in Haiti; and The USS Mesa Verde (BOTTOM) taking part in the "Panamax 2009" joint wargame in the Atlantic Ocean on September 15, 2009. The US military said October 5, 2016 it is sending helicopters, an aircraft carrier, troops and other equipment to Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance after the impoverished Caribbean nation was lashed by Hurricane Matthew. The USS George Washington aircraft carrier, the USS Comfort hospital ship and the USS Mesa Verde amphibious transport ship were all en route to the seas around Haiti. / AFP PHOTOTED AJIBE,PIERRE MICHEL JEAN,MONICA RUEDA/AFP/Getty Images
People who had to evacuate the area return to their homes in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A man works with damaged property in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
People who were evacuated return to their homes in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
People who were evacuated return to their homes in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
People who were evacuated return to their homes in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A man surveys damaged property in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A woman walks past damaged housing in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Children are seen before damaged property in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A man salvages a fan amid damaged housing in the Carbonera community of Guantanamo, Cuba following Hurricane Matthew, October 5, 2016. The storm slammed into Haiti and Cuba as a Category Four hurricane on October 4, 2016 but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its winds were howling at 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour). / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A motel displays a sign asking Hurricane Matthew to stay away in Kill Devil Hiils in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on October 5, 2016 as the storm makes its way towards the United States. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least 14 people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Motorists drive past a hurricane warning sign, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas and nearly 2 million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes Wednesday, a mass exodus ahead of a major storm packing power the U.S. hasn't seen in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
A truck negotiates a road damaged by Hurricane Matthew, in Petit Goave, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Shoppers at a local market check the empty bread shelves October 5, 2016 in Titusville, Florida, as Hurricane Mathew heads for the southeastern United States. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
Workers board up a restaurant ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Workers board up a restaurant ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Workers board up a restaurant ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Michale McGee (L) is helped by his friend Charles Nordan to board up his house ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Michale McGee (L) is helped by his friend Charles Nordan to board up his house ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Michale McGee (L) is helped by his friend Charles Nordan to board up his house ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas on Wednesday as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian presidential candidate Jude Celestine (R) is seen at the site of the collapsed bridge that had crossed the river La Digue, in Petit Goave, due to the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian presidential candidate Jude Celestine (2nd-L) is seen with supporters at the site of the collapsed bridge that had crossed the river La Digue, in Petit Goave, due to the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
A woman is carried across the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
A man is carried across the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitians wait to cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitians wait to cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
People bike on the beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A man removes parts of his sailig boat from a beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A local resident takes pictures of the waves at a beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
People walk on the beach ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian people cross the river La Digue in Petit Goave where the bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
A man carries a woman across a river at Petit Goave where a bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
A man carries a woman across a river at Petit Goave where a bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016. Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images
Bridget Dehart carries a few of her belongings to a car as she and her husband Andrew Dehart leave their boarded up apartment ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Bridget DeHart carries a few of her belongings to a car as she and her husband Andrew Dehart leave their boarded up apartment ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Eduardo Menijvar buys panels of plywood, used to cover windows, as he prepares for the arrival of hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
Bridget DeHart carries a few of her belongings to a car as she and her husband Andrew Dehart leave their boarded up apartment ahead of hurricane Matthew in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 5, 2016. The United States began evacuating coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Eduardo Menijvar loads panels of plywood, used to cover windows, onto his car as he prepares for the arrival of hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
Aidano Medioli pushes a cart with panels of plywood, used to cover windows, onto his car as he prepares for the arrival of hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
People buy plywood to protect their property as they prepare for the arrival of hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
Fred Whitaker installs plywood to protect a business's windows ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
Jime Cruz loads sand bags into his truck as he prepares for the arrival of hurricane Matthew in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / Gaston De CardenasGASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images
Fred Whitaker cuts plywood to protect a business's windows ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
Fred Whitaker installs plywood to protect a business's windows ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
Fred Whitaker installs plywood to protect a business's windows ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
Greg Nelson installs a mounting channel for his metal storm panels to protect his windows ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
Greg Nelson installs a mounting channel for his metal storm panels to protect his windows ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
People purchase plywood to protect their homes ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
Greg Nelson installs a mounting channel for his metal storm panels to protect his windows ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
People purchase plywood to protect their homes ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
People purchase plywood to protect their homes ahead of hurricane Matthew in Titusville, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / BRUCE WEAVERBRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
A homeowner puts up shutters ahead of Hurricane Matthew in the Country Club neighborhood of Miami, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
A homeowner puts up shutters ahead of Hurricane Matthew in the Country Club neighborhood of Miami, Florida on October 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has already hit Haiti and Cuba, with fatal results, and is barreling towards Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISERHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images
Kayja Algreen sits with her 3-month-old child Nathan Marsh and watches over Demarchio Smith, Adonis Smith and Alrica Algreen as they wait inside a shelter set up for residents at a church ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Nassau, Bahamas, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
A man piggybacks a woman across a a street flooded by a nearby river overflowing from the heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Leogane, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Shoppers pass by empty shelves as they buy supplies ahead of the arrival of hurricane Matthew in Daytona Beach, on October 5, 2016. Weakened but still dangerous, Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas en route to an already jittery Florida after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / Leila MACORLEILA MACOR/AFP/Getty Images
People watch from both sides of the La Digue river as water roars past where the Petit Goave bridge once stood, destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, in Petit Goave, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Two men push a motorbike through a street flooded by a nearby river that overflowed from heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Leogane, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach cutoff towns and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the storm began battering the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along the U.S. East Coast. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
In this photo released by UNICEF, a woman crosses the street on a flood effected road as hurricane Matthew passes over on October 4, 2016 Port au Prince. Weakened but still dangerous, Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas Wednesday en route to an already jittery Florida after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean in a maelstrom of wind, mud and water. / AFP PHOTO / UNICEF / Logan ABASSI / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UNICEF/ Logan ABASSI - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS LOGAN ABASSI/AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Matthew approaches with winds of 140mph, leaving more than 100 dead in its wake across the Caribbean.

It was the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade.

"The storm has already killed people. We should expect the same impact in Florida," Florida Governor Rick Scott said as the skies began to darken from Matthew's outer bands of rain.

The hurricane gained fury at it closed in, growing from a possibly devastating Category 3 storm to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 by late Thursday morning.

It was expected to scrape nearly the entire length of Florida's Atlantic coast from Thursday evening.

From there, forecasters said, it could push its way just off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina before veering out to sea.

Around two million people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were told to head for safety, and interstate highways were turned into one-way routes to speed up the exodus.

Mr Scott said Florida could be looking at its biggest evacuation ever.

Many boarded up their homes and businesses and left them to the mercy of the storm.

Daniel Myras, who has lived for 25 years in Daytona Beach, where he owns the Cruisin Cafe two blocks from the boardwalk, struggled to find enough plywood to protect his restaurant.

"We're not going to take any chances on this one," he said. "I have the feeling that this one is the one that makes Daytona realise that we need to get ready for storms."

He added: "A lot of people here, they laugh, and say they've been through storms before and they're not worried. But I think this is the one that's going to give us a wake-up call."

Forecasters said Matthew's fiercest winds appeared unlikely to strike Miami or Fort Lauderdale, the most densely populated areas in Florida, with about 4.4 million residents.

Those cities were expected to get tropical storm-force winds of between 39mph and 73mph.

Instead, forecasters said the West Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral areas farther north could get the brunt of the storm.

More than 1.3 million people live in Palm Beach County and about 568,000 in Brevard County, home to Cape Canaveral and NASA's Kennedy Space Centre.

The last Category 3 storm or higher to hit the US was Wilma in October 2005. It sliced across Florida with 120 mph winds, killing five people and causing an estimated 21 billion US dollars in damage.

As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina said a motorist died on Wednesday after being shot by deputies in a gun battle that erupted after he sped away from a checkpoint along a storm evacuation route.

Matthew killed at least 114 people in the Caribbean as it roared through Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.

Officials said at least 108 of those deaths were in desperately poor Haiti, where many towns were cut off by the storm and the magnitude of the death and destruction was just beginning to come into focus two days later.

In the Bahamas, authorities reported many downed trees and power lines but no immediate deaths.

With hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 60 miles from the storm's centre, Matthew could wreak havoc along the coast even if it were to stay just offshore.

Forecasters said it could dump up to 15 inches of rain in some spots and cause a storm surge of nine feet.

Patients were transferred from two Florida waterfront hospitals and a nursing home near Daytona Beach to safer locations.

In inland Orlando, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld announced plans to close early.

The Fort Lauderdale Airport closed late in the morning, and the Orlando airport planned to shut down as well.

Airlines cancelled more than 2,800 flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday, many of them in or out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Some coast residents decided to take their chances and stay.

Deborah Whyte walked her dogs at Jupiter Beach Park in the morning to check the surf.

"We boarded up our house and I boarded up my store in Tequesta," she said. "And we're just hunkering down and waiting for it."

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal ordered a mandatory evacuation of the entire Georgia coast, covering more than half a million people.

The Georgia coast has not seen a hurricane evacuation since 1999, when it narrowly escaped Floyd.

On Georgia's Tybee Island, Loren Kook loaded up his pick-up truck with suitcases and a computer and planned to drive to metro Atlanta.

"It seems like a lot of the long-time residents are staying," said Mr Kook, who moved to the coast four years ago. "I've never sat through a Category Whatever. I'll watch it on TV."

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