Florida is preparing for the arrival of the Hurricane Matthew, which has already ravaged Cuba and Haiti, causing over 280 deaths. The intensity of the storm diminished in the last few hours, moving from category 4 to 3. Winds dropped to 210 km/h, against 250km/h a few hours ago. Yet, the damage in the great state of the North American Coast will be enormous. So much so, that Barack Obama, after the South Carolina and Florida, has declared a state of emergency also in Georgia.
Like an earthquake
Unicef aid workers in Haiti describe an apocalyptic scenario, who have said that we see levels of devastation similar to those had during the earthquake six years ago. It is an emergency also due to the scarcity of drinking water, while in the south of the country have already registered the first cases of cholera due to contaminated water. A similar scenario is expected also in the United States.
In particular, the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, has launched another appeal, inviting the residents to follow evacuation orders. “The storm will kill you – he said -. The situation is dangerous. Not much time left.” Obama himself has declared a state of emergency in Florida because of the catastrophic consequences that the hurricane might cause, thus ensuring federal resources to handle the damage, which is expected to be huge. Despite the repeated appeals to evacuate this area, several residents – according to media – argue that the authorities are creating unnecessary alarm, refusing to leave their homes. Even the governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, has complained that the people are not evacuating quickly enough.
Some American media report that Matthew’s direct impact might have the same destruction level as Hurricane Andrew, which hit Miami in 1992. In a precautionary manner, universities and schools have been closed, and many schools have been transformed into shelters. Disney World in Orlando has temporarily closed its doors too, along with the airports of Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. As a result, about 1,500 flights have been cancelled. Supermarkets have been taken by assault. Those who had the possibility, following the advice of the authorities, has made supplies of food and water, leaving the shelves empty. There are queues also at petrol stations, although no lack of fuel has been reported so far.