Timeline: Hurricane Matthew's Path

Tracking the latest on Hurricane Matthew's path. 
 
5:25 p.m. 
 
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has issued a mandatory campus evacuation for all students.
 
A statement posted on the school's web page Tuesday said students must leave campus no later than noon on Thursday and not to attempt travel in the evening. All classes, events, trips and activities scheduled at or after 5 p.m. on Wednesday are canceled until further notice.
 
If a student doesn't have a designated location for evacuation, the university said it will assist them.
 
The statement said a determination regarding a potential campus closure for faculty and staff is expected by 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, based on the latest information available.
 
3:30 p.m.
 
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is declaring a state of emergency in 13 coastal counties because of Hurricane Matthew.
 
Deal's office issued a statement Tuesday saying he is ordering the state emergency management and homeland security offices to work with local agencies to protect residents and minimize risks.
 
The state of emergency begins Wednesday and includes the port city of Savannah and Brunswick to the south.
 
While the storm's exact track isn't yet known, Deal says the storm could get dangerously close to the state's coast within 72 hours.
 
2:35 p.m.
 
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she plans to issue an evacuation order Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Matthew so that 1 million people can safely and comfortably leave the coast.
 
Haley said at a Tuesday news conference that she will finalize the order Wednesday morning, unless there is a major shift in the storm's track. Haley says she expects the evacuation to begin at 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday.
 
State officials say lanes on major evacuation routes will be reversed. It would be the first major evacuation since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, when the governor at the time didn't reverse the lanes and Interstate 26 became backed up for hours and traffic was at a standstill. A two-hour drive from Charleston to Columbia turned into 24-hour nightmare.
 
1:30 p.m. 
 
U.S. President Barack Obama will speak Wednesday at the Federal Emergency Management Agency about the federal response to Hurricane Matthew.
 
Obama had been scheduled to travel to Florida on Wednesday for campaign events and a health care event. But the White House says the trip is being postponed because of the hurricane.
 
Instead, Obama will travel to the agency's Washington headquarters to meet with officials coordinating the response. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will brief Obama on the latest developments if scheduling allows.
 
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama will be updated on the weather forecast and on operational aspects of preparing for the impacts of the severe weather.
 
12:45 p.m.
 
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says residents need to be prepared for a direct from Hurricane Matthew.
 
Scott said while visiting the Daytona Beach area that evacuation orders could be issued as early as Tuesday.
 
He says Florida could start to feel the hurricane's impact in two or three days.
 
The governor says his biggest worry is that residents won't take seriously the threat from Matthew if an evacuation order is issued, especially since so many new residents have never lived through a hurricane.
 
Scott says even if Matthew stays of land, Florida will still feel tropical storm-force winds.
 
He says 200 National Guardsmen have been activated, and another 6,600 National Guardsmen are at the ready.

10:25 a.m.
           
Gov. Rick Scott is urging residents up and down Florida's Interstate 95 corridor to start preparing for "direct impacts" of Hurricane Matthew.

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Scott was in the Florida Keys Tuesday morning for a briefing on the Category 4 storm that is currently moving over the southwestern coast of Haiti. The storm is heading toward Cuba and the southeastern coast of Florida.

 


           
The governor warned residents to take the storm seriously, adding "we cannot rule out a direct hit." He says heavy rain, spin off tornadoes, high winds and beach erosion are among the concerns in Florida.

 

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He asked residents to listen for directions from local officials and to "prepare for the worst and hope for the best."
           
Scott and other officials are urging people to have at least a three-day supply of food, water and medicine on hand. Also, Scott urged people to get gas in their vehicles and to keep cellphones charged in case of electrical power loss.

 


           
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8:30 a.m.
           
National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb says Hurricane Matthew will continue to have a devastating impact on Haiti, even after landfall.
           
Knabb says the storm is about to emerge back over water but there'll still be heavy rainfall that's likely to cause flash floods and mudslides, along with strong winds and storm surges.
           
The hurricane is heading to eastern Cuba, but Knabb says the island's mountains aren't expected to have much effect on the storm.
           
Knabb says tropical storm or hurricane watches may be issued for parts of southeastern Florida later Tuesday. A high pressure ridge is nudging Matthew toward Florida and blocking its path due north from the Bahamas.
           
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6:55 a.m.
           
Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in western Haiti.
           
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 4 storm made landfall around 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday near Les Anglais, Haiti. Matthew's maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph (230 kph).

 

 


           
The hurricane has pounded the southwestern coast of Haiti, threatening a largely rural corner of the impoverished country with devastating storm conditions as it heads north toward Cuba and the eastern coast of Florida.
           
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6 a.m.
           
Florida Gov. Rick Scott will make several stops at emergency management offices in the Florida Keys, Daytona Beach and north Florida to give updates on Hurricane Matthew and the storm's potential impact on the state.
           
Scott will be in Marathon at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, before moving upstate in the afternoon.
           
The Category 4 storm's maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph (230 kph) as it crosses the southwest peninsula of Haiti, where it's bringing life-threatening rain, wind and storm surge.
           
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says another landfall is expected in eastern Cuba. Forecasters say a tropical storm watch or hurricane watch is likely for parts of Florida later Tuesday.
           
Senior Hurricane Specialist Richard Pasch says Florida residents should remain vigilant because they can't "rule out the possibility of impacts."
           
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4 a.m.
           
A hurricane warning has been issued Tuesday morning for the northwest Bahamas as Hurricane Matthew continues its march up the Caribbean.
           
The hurricane warning in the Bahamas includes the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence.
           
In the meantime, Matthew's eye is nearing the southwest peninsula of Haiti, where it's bringing life-threatening rain, wind and storm surge.
           
The Category 4 storm's maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph (230 kph).
           
Heavy rain has also fallen on Jamaica and dangerous rainfall is a threat for the Dominican Republic, which adjoins Haiti.

 

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