Hurricane Matthew will impact Florida as a Category 4 hurricane from 6th October with other south-eastern states of the US also likely to be impacted in the coming days. Affected states may include Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Strong winds, heavy rain and hazardous sea conditions are to be expected in these areas. States of Emergency have been declared and evacuation orders are in place for some areas.
We advise New Zealanders in the US to stay informed of developments by monitoring local news and weather reports. We also recommend that you follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders. Visitors and tourists staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of hotel/resort management. It is generally considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors during a hurricane and remain well away from the sea and rivers. You should make contact with your travel provider or airline for information on any transport disruptions.
The US National Hurricane Centre (external link) is issuing alerts on Hurricane Matthew.
Please also ensure you keep your family and friends in New Zealand informed of your safety and well-being, including after the hurricane has passed.
New Zealanders requiring urgent consular assistance may contact the New Zealand Embassy in Washington on +1 202 328 4800.