See How Hurricane Matthew Hit the U.S.

More than 476,000 people in Florida were left without power

Hurricane Matthew was downgraded to a Category 3 storm before it brushed past Florida’s Atlantic coast Friday, but it still left a trail of destruction and hundreds of thousands of people without power.

The Associated Press reports that more than 476,000 people lost power in the storm, and more than 1.5 million people were told to evacuate ahead of the storm. Matthew left at least 283 people dead in Haiti when it struck the island nation as a Category 4 storm.

Now, forecasters say Matthew will likely travel up the coast of Georgia and South Carolina before heading out to sea, possibly battering Florida a second time in a loop back as a tropical storm.

President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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