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The mayor of Tybee Island and the Army Corps of Engineers signed an agreement Thursday to pump more sand onto the Tybee beach.


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The effects of the first named storm of 2018 claimed lives before the official start of hurricane season, but leaders with Georgia Power, the National Weather Service and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency have been investing in technology, planning and preparing.

Despite advances in technology, the best resource for damage assessment after a storm is "boots on the ground," Georgia Power's David Maske said at a hurricane summit last week.

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Cleaning up Georgia's largest public beach after Hurricane Matthew has cost Tybee Island about $3 million.

The Savannah Morning News reports the local government that runs the small seaside city detailed its costs from the October storm in a series of departmental documents.

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Thanksgiving is always a busy time for charities that feed the hungry. And Hurricane Matthew has forced many of those groups in Savannah to work overtime since early October. The storm created more need - but it’s also inspired people to give back.

More than a month after Hurricane Matthew, many in Savannah are still recovering from the losses the storm brought. Food, lost during the power outage. Wages, lost during the evacuation. Homes, lost to flooding and fallen trees.

Beaches in the Southeastern U.S. took a tremendous beating last month from Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Geological Survey has found that the storm washed over and damaged 15 percent of sand dunes on Florida's Atlantic Coast, 30 percent along Georgia's coastline and 42 percent of the dunes on South Carolina beaches.

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Right now, Georgia is in the middle of a serious drought. Rising temperatures and lack of rainfall have affected a number of counties throughout the state.  The National Drought Monitor Center has found that more than 50 counties in Georgia are in “extreme” drought.

We speak with Jac Capp from the Environmental Protection Division and Weather Channel senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman about a dry end to summer and water conservation in the Peach State. 

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Paul Farmer has spent a lot of time in Haiti over the past three decades. Still, what he saw on his visit this past week left him "surprised and upset and humbled."

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UPDATE 10/19/16 5:13 p.m.

Federal Judge William T. Moore has denied the request to extend the voter registration deadline for all the Georgia counties that were under an evacuation order during Hurricane Matthew.

A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union argued that the evacuation, subsequent power outages and other issues amounted to "complete and total disenfranchisement" for voters in the six counties evacuated for the storm - not just in Chatham County, where Moore already extended the deadline.

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Individuals in coastal Georgia can now get disaster relief aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA funds were previously only available for government debris removal and protective measures, like shelters.

Individual assistance is available for Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne counties.

Individual aid is also available in Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina, as well as 15 other South Carolina counties.

As a result of Hurricane Matthew last week, more than 1.3 million gallons of partially treated wastewater was discharged into the Savannah River. Information about the spill was sent out to the public, but a recent story in Georgia Health News says many environmental spills in the state are left out of the public’s eye.  We’ll talk about transparency in environmental disasters with Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth. 

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UPDATE 10:21 a.m. 10/14/2016

A federal judge set a hearing to hear the case to extend Georgia's voter registration deadline. The hearing is scheduled for October 14 at 10:00 AM.


A federal lawsuit looks to extend Georgia’s voter registration deadline in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The suit says coastal residents who fled the storm – and potentially missed registration as a result – deserve more time to submit voter applications.

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In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Savannah has come together to rebuild and help those who lost everything to the storm. Paprika Southern co-editor Siobhan Egan and Art Rise Savannah Executive Director Clinton Edminster share some ways to get help - and give back - this weekend.

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Who's in charge of the aid?

That's the question in the hurricane-ravaged southwest of Haiti.

Should politicians hand it out? Or aid groups? Or religious leaders?

Pastor Louis Masil, who lives in the tiny village of Banatte, doesn't think the government should be in control.

"Since the independence of Haiti, the culture was always all governments, all officials only care for themselves," he says. "They only care for stealing the money and not helping the communities."

When Hurricane Matthew lost strength and headed out to sea over the weekend, the storm took its high winds and driving rains with it.

The Dumont section of Port Salut on Haiti's southwest coast is spread over rolling green hills that used to be rich with coconut, mango and banana trees. But Hurricane Matthew toppled most of those trees. It tore apart the simple concrete and sheet-metal houses in the area. It killed livestock, destroyed crops, smashed businesses.

Emmanuello Charlien is part of a team trying to tally the damage of Matthew here. Charlien points out a pile of metal that used to be a cellphone tower.

In Port Salut, the individual signs of the Hurricane Matthew's destruction are everywhere. A giant mango tree with its thick trunk snapped like a wishbone. A cinder block house crumpled on its foundation. But it's only as you continue to drive through this part of the coast that you see the extent of the damage. The devastation goes on and on. Hillsides are swept clean of trees. Neighborhood after neighborhood is in ruin.

At least 18 deaths are now associated with Hurricane Matthew, the powerful storm that made landfall in South Carolina as it made its way up the Atlantic coast Saturday. After more than a foot of rain fell in several parts of North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory says eight people died as a result of the storm. Authorities say five people are missing.

"As the sun rises in North Carolina and the blue sky returns, our state is facing major destruction and sadly, loss of life," Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday. "This storm is not over for North Carolina."

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Making landfall Saturday, Hurricane Matthew brought floods and strong winds to the coastline of South Carolina and North Carolina, pouring rain into an area and bringing a dangerous storm surge. As of 5 p.m. ET, the storm's center was around 15 miles west-southwest of Cape Fear, N.C.

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In Haiti hundreds of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Matthew are still waiting for aid.

The death toll is in the hundreds and is expected to rise. The Haitian president calls the situation in the southwest a catastrophe.

At the Lycee Philip Garrier, a high school in the hard-hit town of Les Cayes that's serving as a shelter, there's growing frustration among people who lost everything to the storm.

Hundreds of people took shelter in the school, sleeping on classroom floors. Most say they now have nowhere else to go.

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Hurricane Matthew is making its way northward. It is now a Category 2 storm. The center of the storm has remained just offshore. But the eye wall has brushed the coast, bringing wind gusts over 100 miles per hour and damaging storm surges.

Hurricane Matthew lashed Haiti, leaving the country with damaged infrastructure and hundreds dead.

In addition to physical damage, the island now faces health risks, the displacement of thousands and a logistical nightmare as its people try to rebuild their lives.

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“Catastrophic and devastating.”

That’s how Glynn County Emergency Management director Jay Wiggins describes Hurricane Matthew.

His and five other counties on the coast are anxiously waiting for the storm, which could bring winds of over 100 miles an hour and a storm surge as high as eight feet.