Matthew marches on

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Weak­en­ing sys­tem rakes At­lantic coast; US deaths at 10

CHARLESTON, SC (AP): A FAST-WEAK­EN­ING Hur­ri­cane Matthew con­tin­ued its march along the At­lantic coast yes­ter­day, lash­ing two of the South’s most his­toric cities and some of its most pop­u­lar re­sort is­lands, flat­ten­ing trees, swamp­ing streets and knock­ing out power to hun­dreds of thou­sands.

The storm was blamed for at least 10 deaths in Florida, Ge­or­gia and North Carolina. In its long wake, it also left at least 470 dead in Haiti in one hard-hit district alone, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, with around 900 dead over­all and other stricken ar­eas still un­reach­able four days after the dis­as­ter struck.

Matthew raked Ge­or­gia and South Carolina with tor­ren­tial rain and stiff winds, and – for the first time in its run up the US coast­line – its storm cen­tre blew ashore, mak­ing land­fall north of Charleston, near the town of McClel­lanville, where it caused se­ri­ous flood­ing.

Up un­til then, the cen­tre, or eye, mercifully stayed just far enough out at sea that coastal com­mu­ni­ties didn’t feel the full force of Matthew’s winds.

As the storm passed one city after an­other, the reaction was re­lief that things were nowhere near as bad as many feared.

AP

Danielle Henry clears de­bris from out­side her condo at Jack­sonville Beach, Florida.

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