Hurricane Matthew, October 2016: Rapid Event Summary

Last updated on October 20, 2016.

Event Description:

Major Atlantic basin hurricane.

Catastrophic impacts Haiti as it along with major impacts in Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Jamaica.

US impacts moderate to severe wind damage across the east coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, tidal flooding in Northeast Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  Inland flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Brunswick - Surge and inner wind bands

Surge flooding from Jacksonville, FL to Charleston, SC.


Summary of Hazards:


Most of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina east coast experienced hurricane strength winds.  Hurricane force winds have impacted parts of Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas.

Hurricane Matthew Windswath

Hurricane Matthew Windswath


10″-15″ in areas of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.  Inland flooding impacting Raleigh, Fayetteville & Florence, NC and Norfolk & Chesapeake,VA.

Hurricane Matthew Observed Precipitation

Hurricane Matthew Observed Precipitation

Devastating rainfall flooding across Haiti.

Hurricane Matthew Caribbean Rainfall Forecast

Hurricane Matthew Caribbean Rainfall Forecast


Storm Surge

Storm tides as high as 12 ft. Jacksonville, FL,  Brunswick, GA, Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC.

Charleston Harbor peaked at 9 ft, Savannah River peaked at 12 ft.

Hurricane Matthew Storm Surge Hindcast (Source: CERA)

Hurricane Matthew Storm Surge Hindcast (Source: CERA)

Population Impact Projections:

Up to 10 million people expected to lose power in United States.


Economic Impacts Projections:

CoreLogic forecasts $327 billion in storm surge damage to homes in Florida, Georgia, South  Carolina, and South Carolina.

RMS estimates $20 – $30 billion in insured losses.

State of Florida forecasts $45 million in damage to public infrastructure


Impact Reports:

Caribbean Reports

Humanity Road Situation Report

Bahamas Press: Major damage and flood in New Providence Bahamas following the passage of Hurricane Matthew

Reuters report on Haiti impacts

Reuters photo slideshow showing Haiti impacts


US Rews and obsderberports

News & Observer:  9 deaths in NC, 15 inches of rain in Fayetteville,1000 people rescued including 700 in Cumberland county.

News & Observer:  4 NC deaths, all in vehicles impacted by rain or flood waters

Associated Press: 2 deaths in Florida reported due to wind damage,

2 additional Florida deaths due to carbon monoxide poison.

Death reported in Crescent City, FL

Florida woman dies of heart attack with emergency services unable to respond.

ABC News: Three North Carolina deaths, 1 from hydroplaning, 2 in a vehicle caught in flood waters

Man killed in shoot out with police during evacuation in Georgia

Local News:  Floodwaters close shelter, prompted search & rescue operations in Dorchester County

Flood waters in Brunswick Old Towne

Flooded Homes on St. Mary’s Island, GA

South Florida appears to avoid significant damage.

Flood and wind damage but “not catastrophic” in Jacksonville, Fl.


Social Media from the Scene:

Caribbean Reports


US Reports






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DMnet Hompage -- Hurricane Matthew

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