TAKE A STAND: Hurricane Matthew

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - We're all watching Hurricane Matthew with great interest.

As a Category 4 with winds of 145 miles per hour, it's heartbreaking to know what the people of Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas are and will be going through.

Our prayers go out for them.

Earlier in the week, it looked like the track might keep the storm farther east out over open water. It's still early and things can change, but all indications are the track has moved west, bringing Matthew closer to the Lowcountry later this week. Even though it's expected to weaken, even a Category 2 can bring winds of up to 110 miles an hour.

It's been 27 years since Charleston has had a major hurricane and some say we're overdue.

I don't know about that. What I do know is now is the time to plan.  You've heard me say this before. The time is now to review your personal safety plan with your family. If you need bread and milk, water or gas, don't want until later this week to go to the store.

Check your battery-powered TVs and radios and get some fresh batteries for your flashlights.

We just released a new updated First Alert Live 5 Weather app.  If you don't have it, download it. It's free and better than ever.

Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh, Joey, Jordan, Stephanie and the rest of the Live 5 team will be here round the clock to keep you safe.

We'll be ready. You be ready. And be safe out there.

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