Reports: Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 9 in US

Hurricane Matthew has reached the U.S. – leaving millions without power and claiming at least nine lives.
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Hurricane Matthew has reached the U.S. – leaving millions without power and claiming at least nine lives.

According to ABC, three of those deaths were in North Carolina. The governor there said one was a result of hydroplaning, the two others happened when a car got submerged in the floodwaters.

Hurricane Matthew is being called the strongest hurricane to hit Florida in decade, and it's taken six lives there.

CNN reports the storm is down to a Category 1 – the weakest category with winds reaching 74-95 mph.

Saturday, it'll be hitting South Carolina and North Carolina. According to CNN, one of the biggest concerns is flooding.

The National Weather Service says the area is expected to get more than a foot of rain even though the storm has weakened.

In addition to the hurricane, NWS says tornados are possible in the Carolinas.

Prior to the storm, Florida and South Carolina ordered mandatory evacuations. Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott warned Thursday morning that if people haven’t evacuated yet, they should because “this storm will kill you.”

Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on Tuesday as a Category 4. The Guardian says the death toll there is close to 900.

For the latest on Hurricane Matthew, including updated rainfall estimates, wind gusts and more, visit the National Hurricane Center’s website here.

And to see where zoo animals go when storms hit, click here.

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