The storm is forecast to produce a potentially catastrophic storm surge. - From ABC News
Hurricane Matthew slammed the shore near the border of Georgia and South Carolina early Saturday, bringing torrential rain, powerful winds, a storm surge and the potential for catastrophic flooding to two more states after devastating Florida where 1 million people lost power and six died.
ET Saturday, the National Hurricane Center had downgraded Matthew to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, down from 105 mph.
Although the storm has weakened substantially, the hurricane center still warned of "strong winds and dangerous storm surge" along South Carolina's coast as well as "heavy rains and gusty winds spreading inland." "On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will continue to move near or over the coast of South Carolina today, and be near the coast of southern North Carolina by tonight," the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m.
Nathan Deal has ordered mandatory evacuations east of I-95 along the entire Georgia coast, which is home to popular beach towns like Tybee Island.
Hurricane Matthew has caused major transportation disruptions for much of the U.S, with more than 5,200 flights canceled between Wednesday and Saturday.