People walk along the beach prior to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Miami Beach, Florida, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.
Up to 1.5 million people were fleeing south Atlantic coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew regained strength as a Category 4 storm Thursday and eyed the United States.
Jennifer Miller and her daughter Jubilee rest on the floor of a shelter Thursday at the Timberlin Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic heads out of Brevard County, Florida, on Thursday. Two million people across the Southeast were warned to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew steamed toward heavily populated Florida with terrifying winds of 140 mph.
Kevin Forde, left, and John Haughey put up plywood on a window Thursday in Miami Beach.
Evacuations were under way in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina after Matthew, which hammered Haiti and strafed Cuba, began battering the Bahamas.
Rod Smith, right, hugs his wife Karen as they watch the churning surf Thursday on Satellite Beach, Florida.
Ralph Brower removes the beach front volleyball nets from the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, on Wednesday, in advance of Hurricane Matthew.
Matthew pummeled the Bahamas and took aim at the United States as the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, appearing likely to hit Florida with powerful winds, storm surges and heavy rain on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Clouds begin to form near downtown Miami on Wednesday.
Rene Anger fills and stacks sandbags in front of her Cherry Street home in Neptune Beach, Florida on Wednesday.
People line up to fill their propane tanks in Coral Springs, Florida, on Wednesday.
Messages are written on a boarded-up IHOP restaurant on Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Wednesday.
James Balboni prepares for Hurricane Matthew on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Three men remove furniture at a beachfront home in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew in Garden City Beach, South Carolina, on Tuesday night.