Midday Hurricane Matthew Update

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast Friday morning with powerful winds, potentially devastating storm surges and torrential rain, leaving nearly 1 million without power as officials made last-minute appeals for any remaining holdouts to get out of harm’s way.

Matthew also claimed its first U.S. victim after the St. Lucie County, Florida, sheriff confirmed a person died overnight when emergency officials could not get to the person after suspending operations because of the storm.

The hurricane had already claimed hundreds of lives as it tore through Haiti and other Caribbean nations.

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John Farley discussing #HurricaneMatthew after the noon newscast.

Posted by ABC Columbia on Friday, October 7, 2016


  • Evacuees should call 866-246-0133 to be directed to the nearest emergency shelter.
  • Santee Cooper 888-769-7688
  • SCE&G you can report your outage by calling 888-333-4465
  • SCEMD Emergency Hotline: 866-246-0133
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation: 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368)


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