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Photograph of Hurricane David making landfall on the Georgia Coast

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Overnight, Hurricane Matthew dropped to Category 3 strength however, sustained winds of about 120 miles per hour are currently battering Florida’s coast. Over 700,000 residents are without power this morning, with the storm’s eye approaching within five miles of the coastline. Matthew is the most powerful Atlantic storm in years and is expected hit Georgia and the Carolinas this weekend.

Officials currently put the death toll from the storm at 478, but are expecting that figure to rise. The Red Cross is asking for help for Haiti as receding floodwaters began to reveal the damage and loss of life left after Hurricane Matthew pummeled through at Category 4 strength. Sadly, emergency personnel are just reaching many isolated areas, particularly the southwest peninsula of Haiti, where some 283 bodies have been discovered.  More than 50,000 citizens are in immediate need of food, water, shelter, and medical care.  Homes are ravaged, there is damage to crops, water-treatment facilities, and wells. You can donate here.