Hurricane Matthew has already become a historically devastating storm.
According to CNN, the hurricane has been labelled as a Category 3 storm with winds at 120 mph at its center.
Matthew has already raged through the Caribbean. The storm left destruction in its path in various countries and killed at least 276 in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with the number expected to rise.
Now, the United States is facing the beginning of the storm’s impact. Cape Canaveral already recorded a 107 mph gust before 7 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said.
Other portions of the coast have recorded 100 mph winds. A 10 feet storm surge and landfall are still possible in Jacksonville.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said that the “worst effects are still likely to come.”
The storm is then expected to move upwards towards Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The National Weather service said that this storm could leave certain areas in the affected states uninhabitable for “weeks or months.”
Citizens across the states Matthew is expected to impact were urged to evacuate immediately. Gov. Rick Scott warned his state, specifically, of the storm’s potentially devastating impact by stating, “This storm will kill you.”
Meteorologists will continue to track the storm’s path, which will be critical in judging just how threatening it will end up being.