UPDATE: Hurricane Matthew makes landfall

An official vehicle navigates debris as it passes along Highway A1A after it was partial washed away by Hurricane Matthew, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in Flagler Beach, Fla. Hurricane Matthew spared Florida’s most heavily populated stretch from a catastrophic blow Friday but threatened some of the South’s most historic and picturesque cities with ruinous flooding and wind damage as it pushed its way up the coastline. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(CNN) – [Breaking news update, published at 11:08 a.m. ET]

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.

(AP)– Hurricane Matthew has weakened to a Category 1 storm but still remains a threat to the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday morning that Matthew was centered about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.

Its maximum sustained winds have dropped to 85 mph (140 kph), with hurricane-force winds extending up to 45 miles (75 kilometers) from the center.

Matthew’s strong winds and storm surge were battering the South Carolina coast early Saturday, and heavy rain and high winds were spreading inland. The storm’s center is expected to be near the coast of southern North Carolina by Saturday night.

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