Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 108 people in Haiti, banished 15,000 and left hundreds of thousands in need of help.
The hurricane, which hit Haiti on Tuesday, brought 145mph winds and heavy rains that have demolished more than 3,200 homes, abandoned plantations and drowned animals.
Rescue workers were struggling to reach areas cut off by the hurricane, which was the most influential Caribbean storm in nearly a decade.
According to the reports, now the hurricane is headed towards the Southeastern United States, with winds of 125 mph (205km/h). The storm could either take straight aim at Florida along the state’s coast on Thursday night.
Schools and airports across the region are closed and some hospitals were exiled, according to local media. Hundreds of flights were canceled in and out of the Florida cities of Miami.
“There are no excuses, you need to leave,” Florida Governor Rick Scott warned everyone in evacuation zones.
“If you’re reluctant to evacuate, just think of all the people this storm has already killed. You and your family could be among these numbers if you don’t take this seriously.”
The NHC cautioned that coastal waters in parts of Florida could increase up to nine feet (2.7 metres) because of a storm speed – when ocean surface water rises as a result of high winds, and is moved on to coastal areas.