After unleashing its disastrous force in the Bahamas, Matthew is expected to dump further damage in North Carolina and Florida, according to reports.
Both states have declared states of emergency earlier this week to mobilize resources to respond to any emergencies that may arise from the storm. South Carolina has also declared a state of emergency.
"While the strength of Matthew will fluctuate as it approaches the U.S. coast late this week, it will remain a powerful and dangerous hurricane with threats from storm surge flooding and high winds," AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.
Matthew is expected to make landfall on several areas from the Florida Space Coast to Cape Romain, South Carolina.
"Even if the eye of Hurricane Matthew remains just offshore, gusts to hurricane force can occur along the immediate Atlantic coast along with storm surge flooding," Kottlowski added.
The immediate Florida coast is at greatest risk for hurricane-force winds that are expected to extend from West Palm Beach to Jacksonville. Matthew is also expected to cause flooding in low lying areas as the storm dumps heavy rains on the coastline.
Matthew’s path for the next week is uncertain. The hurricane is expected to head out to sea after pummeling the South, but meteorologists do not discount the possibility of a loop back.