Satellite image of Hurricane Matthew - Thursday Oct 6
Matthew is a dangerous and life-threatening Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 mph as it passed through the Bahamas. It is expected to be very near Florida's Atlantic coast by Thursday evening. At least 16 deaths in the Caribbean have been blamed on the storm, with heavy damage reported in Haiti.
The storm is forecast to scrape much of the Florida coast and any slight deviation could mean landfall or it heading farther out to sea. Either way, it is going to be close enough to wreak havoc along the lower part of the East Coast, and many people aren't taking any chances.
Nearly 2 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas -- where residents stocked up on supplies and boarded up homes as Hurricane Matthew marched toward the U.S.