After making a devastating and deadly landfall on October 4, 2016, in Haiti, where several hundred people were killed, Hurricane Matthew caused destruction in other parts of the Caribbean and then from October 6-9 brought high storm surges, coastal flooding, high winds, and heavy rainfall from northern Florida to southeastern and Southside Virginia. Many areas in the Virginia Tidewater region received over 9 inches of rain and some areas reportedly received as much as 17 inches, according to a 10/13/16 article in the Southside Daily (of Virginia Beach). Some of the Virginia impacts being reported as of October 13 included $25 million of damage in Virginia Beach; $11 million in damages to pumps and to an estimated 400 homes in Norfolk; and closures of thousands of acres of shellfishing grounds through the end of October, due to the risk of contamination from floodwaters or sewage overflows.
On October 21, 2016, Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe asked President Obama for a federal disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Virginia, citing damage to more than 2,000 homes, displacement of approximately 620 individuals due to flooding, and an initial $13.2 million in estimated damages sustained by public facilities and structures.”
Following are some media accounts and other sources on the impacts of Hurricane Matthew.
Media Accounts (listed from most recent to oldest):
Area waterways closed to shellfish harvesting after Hurricane Matthew, Daily Press, 10/17/16.
Flooding, sewage overflows close Virginia oyster grounds, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/16/16.
McAuliffe to request FEMA aid for Hurricane Matthew damages next week, Southside Daily [Virginia Beach, Va.], 10/13/16.
Hurricane Matthew Recap: Destruction From the Caribbean to the United States, The Weather Channel, 10/10/16.
North Carolina floodwaters, death toll rise as Matthew heads to sea, Reuters, 10/10/16.
Government Agency Sources
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web site on Hurricane Matthew, at https://www.fema.gov/node/292516?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=femagov_hp.
National Hurricane Center, “Hurricane Matthew Advisory Archive,” online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2016/MATTHEW.shtml?. The graphics archive, online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2016/MATTHEW_graphics.shtml, includes animated maps of Matthew’s track and wind history.
National Weather Service Wakefield, Va., Forecast Office, “Rainfall Amounts from October 08-09, 2016,” online at http://www.weather.gov/akq/precip_oct092016.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management news releases:
Virginia Begins Process of Recovery from Hurricane Matthew, 10/12/16.
Commonwealth Responds to Flooding and Power Outages across Virginia, 10/9/16.
Virginia Governor’s Office news releases:
Governor McAuliffe Requests Federal Disaster Declaration Following Hurricane Matthew, 10/21/16.
Florida Division of Emergency Management, “Hurricane Matthew Recovery,” online at http://floridadisaster.org/info/.
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, online at http://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
North Carolina Department of Public Safety news releases, online at http://www.ncdps.gov/news/press-releases.
South Carolina Emergency Management Division, online at http://www.scemd.org/.