By: Global News Staff
WATCH ABOVE: Hurricane Matthew wreaks havoc on the U.S. East coast
Historic cities in the Southern U.S faced the weakening but still powerful Hurricane Matthew as it moved north along the Atlantic coast.
Approximately four people in Florida were killed by the storm and power was knocked out to more than 1 million homes and businesses.
An elderly St. Lucie County couple died from carbon monoxide fumes while running a generator in their garage and two women who were killed in separate events when trees fell on a home and a camper.
The U.S began preparations for Hurricane Matthew -the most powerful hurricane to threaten the Atlantic Seaboard in more than a decade- after at least 300 people were dead in Haiti.
According to the National Hurricane Centre, the Category 2 hurricane will near North Carolina’s southern coast by Saturday night.
“Now is the time we ask for prayer,” Nikki Haley, Governor of North Carolina said.
Around 5,000 flights were canceled Wednesday through Saturday. Many were in and out of Orlando, where all three of the resort city’s world-famous theme parks -Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld- closed because of the storm.
Cape Canaveral local Robert Tyler had feared the storm surge would flood his street two blocks from the beach.
He says he could hear transformers exploding overnight, and the windows seemed as if they were about to blow in, despite the plywood over them.
In the morning, Tyler claimed that there wasn’t much water and that his home and vehicles didn’t appear to be damaged.
“Overnight, it was scary as heck,” Tyler said. “That description of a freight train is pretty accurate.”
(With files from The Associated Press)