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Live Reporting

Yaroslav Lukov, Roland Hughes, Vanessa Barford, David Molloy and David Walker

All times stated are UK

  1. We're concluding our live page coverage for now

    Here's a summary of the latest developments:

    In Haiti, more than 800 people were killed earlier this week

    • In Haiti, more than 800 people have died
    • In the US state of Florida, four deaths have been reported, with more than a million left without power
    • Hurricane Matthew is now moving northward just off the coast of Georgia
    • Flooding could be severe in coastal areas of Georgia and also South Carolina
    • Meteorologists predict the weakening of the storm over the next 48 hours

    You can follow all the latest updates on this and other stories on the BBC News website.

    Thanks for staying with us!

  2. Storm weakening forecast during next 48 hours

    Here's the latest update (03:00 GMT) by the National Hurricane Center.

    It says the eye of the storm is "continuing northward just off" the coast of Georgia.

    "Although weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Matthew is expected to remain a hurricane while the centre is near the coast," the NHC adds.

    A screen grab from National Hurricane Center
  3. Aid vehicles getting through in Haiti's affected areas

    Julie Hard, emergency response team leader from the Americares charity, based in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, tells the BBC that most of the major bridges in the affected areas have been "washed out and destroyed by this storm".

    "So we're quite content that the water levels have gone down and now some vehicles are getting through and people are beginning to make their way to the areas in Les Cayes and now we're just reaching Jeremie to be able to provide aid," Ms Hard adds.

  4. Devastated Haiti areas still largely cut off

    In Haiti, some aid has been brought in to the devastated areas.

    But aid agencies warn that the region remains largely cut off with access possible only by helicopter or sea.

    People try to get food at a shelter in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo: 7 October 2016
    Image caption: People try to get food at a shelter in Les Cayes, Haiti
  5. Warnings for Georgia and North Carolina

    In its latest update from 22:00 local time on Friday (02:00 GMT Saturday), the National Hurricane Center warns that "rising water levels expected along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts in the next few hours".

  6. Death toll in Florida reaches four

    At least four people are now known to have died in Florida, officials say.

    Two women were killed by falling trees, and two others died from carbon monoxide fumes while running a generator in their garage.

  7. 'Trees bending over' on Tybee Island, Georgia, as storm approaches

    The hurricane is expected to pass near Tybee Island, Georgia, early on Saturday.

    Despite a mandatory evacuation ordered on Wednesday, some residents have decided to stay.

    One local resident says "trees are bending over" and it is "raining sideways" as the storm approaches, the Associated Press reports.

    A car passes a sign posted as people evacuate from Tybee Island, Georgia
  8. Hurricane 'well north' of Florida

    US meteorologist Zachary Maloch says the storm is now "well north" of south-western Florida, and he expects an "amazing weekend".

    Screen grab from Zachary Maloch's tweet
  9. Latest update from National Hurricane Center

    The latest update from the National Hurricane Center. 

    It says that at 20:00 local time on Friday (00:00 GMT Saturday) the eye of the storm was just off the coast of Georgia and north-eastern Florida, about 55 miles (90km) north-east of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and 105 miles south-east of Savannah, Georgia.

    The maximum sustained winds were 110mph.

    Matthew is moving northward at 12mph.

    A screen grab from National Hurricane Center
  10. Safest place to park car - living room

    One US family has decided that the safest place for their vehicle was... in the living room...

  11. Curfew in Charleston as hurricane approaches

    In South Carolina, the authorities in the city of Charleston have announced a curfew from midnight to 06:00 local time on Saturday - when the hurricane is expected to hit the coast.

    Local officials hope the measure will keep people off the streets and prevent possible looting.

    Closed shops on Charleston's historic King Street
    Image caption: Closed shops on Charleston's historic King Street
  12. No entry east of US Route 1 in parts of Florida

    Authorities in St Augustine and the barrier islands, Florida, are preventing people from entering the area east of the major road - US Route 1. 

    View more on twitter
  13. Damage in Florida - photo gallery

    As Matthew continues to batter Florida's coast, here are some images of the damage the hurricane has already caused in the US state.

    Huge waves pound a pier in Jacksonville, Florida
    Image caption: Huge waves pound a pier in Jacksonville
    A fallen tree near a house in Daytona Beach, Florida
    Image caption: Close shave: A tree falls near a house in Daytona Beach
    Local residents wade through a flooded street in Jacksonville
    Image caption: Local residents wade through a flooded street in Jacksonville
    People look at a flooded street from their house in St Augustine, Florida
    Image caption: People look at a flooded street from their house in St Augustine
    A boat washed ashore amid storm debris in Melbourne, Florida
    Image caption: A boat washed ashore amid storm debris in Melbourne
  14. BBC travels with medical mission to Haiti town

    The BBC travelled with a medical team to the southern town of Port Salut in Haiti. More than 800 are dead across the nation.

    Nick Bryant reports.   

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    Video caption: Haiti Hurricane Matthew death toll rises to 800
  15. Rainfall totals rise

    As of 18:00 local time, rainfall totals for large parts of east Florida were eight inches (20cm) or higher, the National Weather Service said.

    A heatmap provided by the US National Weather service shows concentrated rainfall increasing in intensity on the east coast.
  16. Torn roofs and flooded streets

    Local TV reporter Brittany Dionne has been wading through the streets of St Augustine, Florida, where she spotted a mobile home with its roof apparently torn off.

    View more on twitter
  17. Two dead in US

    The death toll from Hurricane Matthew in the United States is now at least two.

    The Sheriff's Office in Putnam County, Florida, said a woman died when a tree fell on a camper van she was sheltering in. Another male occupant survived with minor injuries.

    An earlier death was reported after a woman in her 60s was killed by another falling tree in Volusia County.

  18. Storm surge pummels Florida coastline

    Matthew ripped away roofs and toppled trees while a storm surge brought massive flooding in places like St. Augustine and Cocoa Beach. 

    Some residents were trapped inside their homes due to the rising water.

    Wind and water from Hurricane Matthew batter downtown in St. Augustine, Florida.
    Rob Birch checks on his car which floated out of his drive way as Hurricane Matthew passes through the area in St Augustine, Florida.
    Kaleigh Black, 14, left, and Amber Olsen, 12, run for cover as a squall with rain and wind from the remnants of Hurricane Matthew pelt them as they explore the Cocoa Beach Pier.
    People look out at the flooded street in front of their home as Hurricane Matthew passes through the area in St Augustine, Florida
    Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill on Cocoa Beach, Florida