Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in South Carolina, causing flooding in the city of Charleston.
“Water is as deep as people’s necks in some places,” according to reports.
The storm has already caused nearly 900 deaths in Haiti, four in the Dominican Republic and four in the US state of Florida as it travelled northwards over the past few days.
Cities in North Carolina are bracing for winds and high rains, although the storm is expected to ease off.
North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory said “people should not let their guard down.’’
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in the US said Matthew had made landfall southeast of McClellandville in South Carolina and a ‘serious inland flooding event’ was unfolding.
Hundreds of thousands of homes there and in Georgia to the south have lost electricity.