Hurricane Matthew 2016

Hurricane Matthew made landfall on October 8 in South Carolina, unleashing record-breaking rainfall and storm surge and driving historic flooding and destructive winds along the coasts of northern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Matthew first spun up into a hurricane on September 29, surging from a tropical storm into a Category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours, a stunning development consistent with the observed trend toward rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones. The storm’s development was fueled by seas warmer than the historical average, and by October 3, Matthew had generated the most Accumulated Cyclone Energy in eastern Caribbean of any Atlantic hurricane on record.


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