Hurricane Matthew still dangerous Category 4 hurricane

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WSPA – SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Major Hurricane Matthew is approaching Cuba and is expected to run over the Bahamas the next couple of days.

High wind and devastating flooding will occur for the islands.

By late-week Matthew will likely be a category 3 or less as it moves up the eastern seaboard.

It still remains to be seen if the hurricane will make landfall on the east coast.

Regardless, the low-country of South Carolina will likely see hurricane force wind, heavy rain and storm surge Friday and Saturday.

Coastal South Carolina will be evacuated and schools closed in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew.

More than ten inches of rain could fall from the Midlands down to the low-country of SC. Power outages could happen up and down the Carolina coast.

Now is the time to prepare. Have an emergency preparedness kit ready before the storm hits.

The exact track of Matthew will determine if, or where landfall could take place. Stay with Storm Team 7 for the latest forecast on Matthew and how it will impact you.

The last Category 1 hurricane to make landfall in SC was Hurricane Gaston in 2004. The state was hit twice in 2004 by Hurricane Charley as well as Hurricane Gaston.

SC Gov. Nikki Haley will be holding a press conference to talk about Hurricane Matthew's potential impact to the state.

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