Million inhabitants of South Carolina to evacuate because of the hurricane “Matthew”

MOSCOW, 4 Jul — RIA Novosti. The Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley (Nikki Haley) issued an order to evacuate over one million people from the coast of the state in connection with the hurricane “Matthew”, reports AFP.

“We decided that, starting tomorrow, we are evacuating all coastal areas,” said Haley at a press conference.

In addition, the Governor announced the introduction of the state of emergency rule. It is expected that the hurricane will affect the area of South Carolina on Saturday. The wind speed can reach 160 kilometers per hour.

The total number of victims, “Matthew”, which is now a category four hurricane with wind speeds of up to 230 kilometers per hour, is officially seven people. Four died in the Dominican Republic, two in Haiti and one in Colombia. But the Dominican portal Listin Diario reported on Tuesday about the deaths of at least nine people in Haiti, confirmation of this information from the authorities yet.

Earlier it was reported that Cuban authorities evacuated on Tuesday a 1.2 thousands of foreign tourists from the East coast of Cuba due to hit the Isle of storm.

The storm becomes a hurricane when wind speed exceeds 119 kilometers per hour. To the hurricane was awarded the first category on the Saffir-Simpson that evaluates the potential damage from the elements, the wind speed must exceed 120 kilometers per hour. When the category five storm wind speed reaches 250 kilometers per hour, which can lead to catastrophic consequences.