Matthew weakened to a category 3 hurricane around 0600 UTC 7 October about 35 n mi east of Vero Beach, Florida, and became a category 2 hurricane by 0000 UTC 8 October about 50 n mi east-northeast of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southeastern North Carolina as a Category 1 storm, causing catastrophic flooding and killing 28 people.
United States Hurricane Matthew caused damage and devastation in five U.S. states, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on October 4, 2016, as a Category 4 hurricane. The combined effects of wind, coastal flooding and rain caused heavy flooding, landslides, and the destruction of a great deal of infrastructure, agricultural crops and natural ecosystems.
The deadliest hurricane in Florida’s recent recorded history is also its costliest. Hurricane Irma made landfall along the Florida Keys destroying homes and boats and causing widespread power outages as well as extensive tree damage to the Florida islands. In Miami-Dade County, about 1,000 homes sustained major damage.
The season’s strongest storm, Hurricane Dorian, had Florida in sight but turned north before making landfall. The storm decimated the Bahamas. The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends today. After three consecutive years of being hit by a hurricane, Florida was spared this year from a direct strike.
Matthew and Otto retired as Atlantic hurricane names after the storms turned deadly, destructive in 2016. The World Meteorological Organization announced on Monday that it is retiring Matthew and Otto from the list of Atlantic hurricane names after their deadly and destructive impacts during the 2016 season.
Deadliest Hurricane to Hit the United States The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 was the deadliest hurricane to ever hit the United States. Estimates of the number of lives lost range between 8,000 and 12,000 people.
Fast facts: Hurricane Matthew In the U.S., more than 40 people died and damage was estimated in excess of $10 billion. Flooding and power outages were the most widespread effects of the storm in the U.S.
House damage: over 29,000 houses are destroyed or severely damaged.
For that reason, the World Meteorological Organization develops a list of names that are assigned in alphabetical order to tropical storms as they are discovered in each hurricane season. Names can be repeated after an interval of six years, but the names of especially severe storms are permanently retired from use.
Hurricane Irma hit Florida as a Category 4 storm the morning of Sept. 10, 2017, ripping off roofs, flooding coastal cities, and knocking out power to more than 6.8 million people.
The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 killed an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people, mostly in Texas, in September 1900 and is considered the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history.
Haiti’s tropical position leaves it open to strong hurricanes, forming in ideal conditions over the Atlantic and being drawn over the Caribbean by trade wind direction, influenced by the Coriolis force.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on the afternoon of January 12, 2010, was one more disaster in a country that had suffered from decades of political, economic, and social setbacks and inequalities.