CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hurricane Matthew has come and gone. After a deadly track through Haiti and the Caribbean, Matthew hugged the coast of Florida and approached the Lowcountry as a powerful Category 4.
So far at least 15 deaths were reported in the U.S. There could be more.
Thankfully, the storm weakened as it approached us, and even more of a blessing, Matthew arrived at low tide. Still, there was seven feet of water in downtown Charleston. Hundreds of thousands without power. Trees down. Damage on the beaches and inland.
The great news is Matthew was not another Hugo. But it was a strong storm.
The report card? Governor Haley for ordering early evacuations and reverse lanes: A+.
Local law enforcement for curfews, traffic and crime control: A+.
First responders, local government and those who opened shelters: Double A+.
You, for having plans to protect your home and family: A+.
And the First Alert team here at Live 5 for working round the clock to help keep you safe: A+.
It's still far from over. It will take time to restore power, to rebuild and recover.
We'll get there, and we'll do it together.