(SL) – YES that is a REAL image. Hurricane Matthew is scarier than ever and most people believe the image that appeared on weather maps is a bad omen. Even though Matthew lost some wind speed overnight reducing it to a Category 3 storm at 115 mph but is expected to regain Category 4 strength by the time is reaches Florida.
Matthew’s high winds and rainfall caused landslides, flooding, and the destruction of homes and businesses across Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba who were starting rebuilding efforts today. 17 People are reportedly dead. The storm is now headed towards the Bahamas.
In the US, Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency and fears Matthew could do as much damage as Andrew did in 1992; while South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she’s prepared to evacuate at least a million people. North Carolina and Georgia will also be effected by Matthew.
At it’s height, the hurricane was a Category 5 with wind speeds of more than 157 mph. Those speeds have dropped but forecasters predict it will strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane by the time it pummels Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami has just extended its hurricane watch in Florida top cover a 350-mile stretch from Deerfield Beach near Fort Lauderdale, to Fernandina Beach, meaning hurricane force winds of 74 mph or higher could occur within two days.
The worrying forecast was made all the more unsettling by the appearance of the strange skull formation in the weather map of Hurricane Matthew yesterday. It is REAL and not photo-shopped.