Fox News anchor shocks audiences when reporting on Hurricane Matthew: 'Your kids will die'
A Fox News anchor made startling predictions about Hurricane Matthew on Thursday afternoon.
Popular presenter Shep Smith used strong words to implore Florida residents to evacuate before disaster strikes.
He said: "This moves 20 miles to the west, and you and everyone you know are dead — all of you — because you can't survive it. It's not possible unless you're very, very lucky.
"And your kids die, too."
His matter-of-fact statements and deadpan delivery caused the segment to spread far and wide on social media.
Mr Smith also spoke to a Floridian woman who didn't want to leave her home.
He said: "I'll ask her why she's staying, and if she expects us to cover her funeral".
President Obama has declared a state of emergency over the storm.
"This storm is a monster," declared Florida's Governor Rick Scott. "I want everybody to survive this. We can rebuild homes. We can rebuild businesses... We can't rebuild a life."
Hurricane specialist Bryan Norcorss has also warned Hurricane Matthew is "like no storm in the record books."
On the Weather Channel, he said: "We are concerned about reports of people deciding to stay in areas under mandatory evacuation orders. This is a mistake.
"This is not hype. This is not hyperbole, and I am not kidding. I cannot overstate the danger of this storm."
After cutting a deadly swath across the Caribbean and leaving at least 283 dead in Haiti, up to 339 according to Reuters, the Category Four storm was to crash up against the southeastern United States early on Friday.
Over the course of the day it will scour its way up a 600 mile (965 km) strip of coast from Boca Raton in Florida to just north of Charleston, South Carolina, driving seawater and heavy rain inland.
Evacuation orders were issued for areas covering at least three million residents and major cities like Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia lay in the path of the terrible storm.
Daytona Beach imposed a curfew that was to last until dawn on Saturday, and President Barack Obama declared emergencies in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, promising federal aid.
Curfews have also been announced in areas that are likely to be hit hard by the storm.
A day-long curfew has been declared in Daytona Beach in the interests of public safety.