There’s word that some of those people who thought they could ride out Hurricane Matthew in their Florida homes are now calling for help. However, they’re being told emergency workers won’t be dispatched until after the storm passes.
Nearly 500,000 homes in the state are now without power but so far the state has avoided a direct hit as the strongest part of the storm heads northward.
Florida Governor Rick Scott says the worst of the Category 3 storm hasn’t likely hit yet and there’s a potential for significant flooding in the Jacksonvill area.
Many flights have been cancelled in and out of Florida as a result of the storm.
The storm is expected to head north, following the U.S. east coast. Residents of South Carolina are being told there’s still time to get out.
— Mark Willis (@MWillisSurfline) October 7, 2016
Meanwhile Hurricane Matthew has left at least 280 people dead following a pummeling of Haiti and the Bahamas. Now Haitian Calgarians are jumping into action to help their homeland.
The Haiti Association of Calgary is sending $20,000 to the Red Cross to help with relief.
Marc Honorat is heading to the country next week. He runs an aid organization in the area hit hard by the storm and he talked to Global News about the devastation.
“They plant bananas and corn so they can eat. So now with the water, it’s all gone. They’re asking the world to come saying ‘Don’t forget us, we lost everything, our homes, our fruit, our gardens, our animals, they’re all killed by water’. So they’re really crying for help.”
Canada is sending disaster assistance response team and has pledged $3 million dollars to start. The Red Cross is accepting donations.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 7, 2016
— CNN (@CNN) October 7, 2016