Hurricane Matthew hits the Carolinas

Matthew is downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches North and South Carolina. [10 photos total]

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Storm surge and waves break over the sea wall onto a flooded section of East Battery Street at the southern-most tip of the city as Hurricane Matthew arrives in Charleston, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #
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A Charleston resident reacts to the wind and rain as he pauses with his bicycle along the East Battery promenade on the southern tip of the city in Charleston, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #
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Storm surge and rainwater begin to inundate King Street at the southern-most tip of Charleston, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #
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Denisha Garrett, who is 40 weeks pregnant and overdue for delivery of her baby boy, poses for a photograph at a shelter in an elementary school shortly before Hurricane Matthew arrives in North Charleston, South Carolina. Garrett said she might name her baby Matthew if she goes into labor while staying at the shelter. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #
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Charleston resident Jameson Everett is buffeted by wind and rain as he pushes his bicycle along the East Battery promenade on the southern tip of the city in Charleston, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #
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National Guard soldiers Sargent Cedric Simmons (L) Staff Sargent Reggie McCall (C) and Private Barshan Holder (R) laugh as they play cards while waiting ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Conway, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Chris Keane) #
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An elderly man rests his head at a shelter for evacuees in a high school hallway before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in North Charleston, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #
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Charleston resident Lindsay Barrios holds her dog at a shelter welcoming both evacuees and their pets ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in North Charleston, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #
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Charleston resident Avis Prioleau holds a Bible outside the entrance to a shelter for evacuees in a high school before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in North Charleston, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #
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A large electronic billboard urges people to evacuate the Charleston and coastal areas before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in North Charleston, South Carolina. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake) #

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