Algoma native hunkering down as Matthew slams Florida


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (WBAY) – An Algoma native says he’s hunkering down as Hurricane Matthew hammers Florida.

Pastor Donn Dobberstein spoke with Action 2 News This Morning from Daytona Beach. He says power went out about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

“It began about midnight. You could hear the transformers popping in the distance,” Pastor Dobberstein said. “Every once and a while you’d get this incredible wind gust that comes through and all of a sudden you hear a big thud outside. Falling limbs and debris is everywhere.”

Dobberstein, the pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Port Orange, Florida, says he is safe in his location. He says his church is designated Red Cross emergency shelter.

Dobberstein says he has been checking on members of his church, and that’s a big reason why he’s staying in Florida. He says he wants to be there to help them in a time of need.

More than 3 million people were told to evacuate ahead of Matthew. Thousands of flights have been canceled. More than 300,000 are without power.

The death toll continues to rise in Haiti, where thousands of homes have been destroyed by the storm. Matthew hit the Caribbean nation as a Category 4 hurricane.

Facebook has launched a safety check for Hurricane Matthew. It allows you to see friends who are in the affected area. Click here to view the Safety Check.