National Hurricane Center Director on Hurricane Matthew

Rick Knabb talks to "GMA" about Hurricane Matthew and the center's tracking of the storm.
2:38 | 10/07/16

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Take a look at this footage those Storm Chasers flying right into the eye of hurricane Matthew. And just moments ago I spoke with Rick nabbed the director of the national hurricane center for more on this storm. Good morning Rick with what we know right now about Matthews path tell us what kind of damage here. Checking to see. I am most concerned about what the water could do not just in terms of damage to structures but threatening people's lives this is a big. Major hurricane that is just offshore and it is fully capable of producing life threatening storm surge and if you are in an area. That emergency managers have told you to evacuate and are telling you there's still time to go you absolutely have to go now your life could depend on it and I'm really worried also about the inland flooding. That could not only caused some flooding a structure but if people are on the roads and in the wrong spots inland flooding can take lives as well. And Rick listening to you and meteor who meteorologist over the past 24 hours this is the strongest language I've heard in a very long time. In terms of getting people to evacuate tell us why. I used some words yesterday that I haven't used in a long time in talking about the scenario those unfolding how how scary it is and how. Potentially disastrous this could be because when you have. A hurricane that's not only going to be impacting individual locations but the scope. Of the disaster that's could unfold here affecting so many communities so many states. Is what we're so concerned about and because we know from hurricane history. Without water takes nine out of ten lives in land falling US tropical systems that's why were urging people to heed the evacuation instructions and if you're. In mobile homes and their tones you back way. Because of the wind threatened to keep those evacuation instructions. Well but again not just about the way and about the deadly aspects of water. In fact Florida has not seen this type of storm in over a decade Jacksonville and more than 100 years is it fair to say this is a history making storm. I'll absolutely your Matthews Matthews your rights in history the key here is that you don't wanna be a part of that I don't wanna be writing a report from the National Hurricane Center that holds up the storm surge over human flooding fatalities and you're one of them. That's the part of the history that we can still control. We can see what's happening to Florida right now what can folks in South Carolina North Carolina Georgia all expect. Bottom line is there's a little bit of time left especially in Georgia and South Carolina to get out. Because storm surge and inland flooding water is going to be the main concern. That threatens lives are right Rick nabbed thank you so much but very important information.

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