Matthew by the numbers

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Michael Blackwood, Staff Writer

On Oct. 7, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the continental United States as a category 3 hurricane. The storm continued up the U.S. coast, finally dissipating on the ninth over North Carolina.

In preparation for the storm, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina declared states of emergency and urged citizens to evacuate. It is estimated that over 350,000 people evacuated from the South Carolina Coastal area.

Here are a few numbers that show the magnitude of the storm:

Top Wind Speeds:

Charleston, South Carolina: 69 MPH

Hilton Head, South Carolina: 88 MPH

Cape Canaveral, Florida: 107 MPH

Wilmington North Carolina: 70 MPH


Savannah, Georgia: 17.49 in.

Fayetteville, North Carolina: 14.82 inches

Charleston, South Carolina: 10.48 inches

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: 11.00 inches

Storm Surge

Fernandina Beach, Florida: 9.88 ft

Ft. Pulaski, Georgia: 8 ft

Oyster Landing, South Carolina: 5 ft


North Carolina: 22

Virginia: 2

Florida: 12

Georgia: 3

South Carolina: 4

Statistics from: Deaths, Weather, Evacuation