Ports close as US east coast prepares for Hurricane Matthew

Ports close as US east coast prepares for Hurricane Matthew

Millions of people in four states on the US east coast were being strongly advised on Wednesday to evacuate and move inland in anticipation of the possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew, which has already made landfall on Haiti and eastern Cuba.

With the US National Hurricane Centre saying the major Category 3 Storm would begin affecting Florida by late on Thursday, that state’s governor and the governors of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina had all declared states of emergency.

Several ports in Florida were forced to close to incoming vessels – including the Port of Palm Beach, Port of Miami, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral.

And US Coast Guard officials were warning vessels berthed at Florida ports to plan on leaving before Matthew arrives.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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