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Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in South Carolina as Category 1

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CNN -- Hurricane Matthew made landfall late Saturday morning near McClellanville, South Carolina, between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, the National Hurricane Center said.

    By 11 a.m. ET, the storm's center -- with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph -- was about 55 miles south-southwest of Myrtle Beach, moving northeast at 12 mph.

    A weakening Hurricane Matthew lashed South Carolina's shores Saturday morning, as the Category 1 storm's heavy rains threatened flooding not only along the Carolinas' coasts, but also inland.

    Matthew, a storm that left destruction and killed hundreds in the Caribbean and at least four people in Florida, continued its trek up the southeastern US coast with 75 mph winds at the center around 10 a.m. ET -- 30 mph slower than just hours earlier.

    Part of the storm's eyewall -- the hurricane's strongest section -- passed over parts of coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday morning, as the storm flooded low-lying areas, downed trees, made roads impassable, and cut power for hundreds of thousands.

    Flooding will still be a major concern for South Carolina and North Carolina, with high storm surges expected along the coast. Heavy rainfall -- with up to 15 inches of rain are possible near and east of Interstate 95, the National Hurricane Center says -- also is expected to cause flooding inland. That would be "a flash-flood event on (even) a normal day," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

    A forecast track for Hurricane Matthew, with the storm's eye predicted to be somewhere within the shaded cone on the days indicated.

    "This has the potential for the worst flooding since Hurricane Floyd," N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory said during a Saturday morning news conference. Floyd, a Category 2 storm, hit North Carolina hard in 1999.

    "It's not just about the beaches. It's (also) inland where we can have loss of life," he said as Matthew approached.

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