Hurricane Matthew moving through South Carolina Saturday, power outages reported


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Some of the South's most historic cities faced the weakening but still powerful Hurricane Matthew as it plowed north along the Atlantic coast, flooding towns and gouging out roads in its path.

There are almost 72,000 electric customers without power in South Carolina as Hurricane Matthew lashes the state as of 1 a.m. Saturday. The majority of the outages reported so far are in the Beaufort and Charleston areas, which were the first to feel the impact of the storm. Matthew, now a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph, is expected to track along the South Carolina coast through the day on Saturday. The storm killed at least four people in Florida and knocked out power to more than 1 million homes and businesses, even though its strongest winds stayed just offshore. Matthew is forecast to move near or over the South Carolina coast Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center reports. The Category 2 hurricane will near North Carolina's southern coast by Saturday night, the center says. Matthew set off alarms as it closed in on the U.S., having left at least 300 people dead in Haiti. In the end, it brushed the heavily populated areas of Florida and raked the Georgia coast.

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