After killing at least 269 people and leaving a trail of devastation along the way in three Caribbean countries, Hurricane Matthew is set to hit the US next.
The hurricane, which is set to be the strongest to hit the United States in 12 years, was this morning upgraded to a potentially catastrophic category four storm, the second highest classification.
Two million people were subsequently urged to board up their homes and head inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade.
Hurricane Matthew remains a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph, according to the latest National Hurricane Center advisory. Residents in South Carolina and Georgia have also been warned to flee their homes, as fear grows.
On Thursday afternoon, President Obama declared a state of emergency for Florida and South Carolina, allowing federal emergency teams to be sent.