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South Carolina is recovering after Hurricane Matthew damaged homes, flooded roads and left hundreds of thousands without power. 

The category 1 hurricane, which made landfall southeast of McClellanville Saturday morning, is now off the North Carolina coast late Saturday night. 

Power outages throughout coastal areas numbered nearly 300,000 Saturday night. 

Many counties have curfews in place like Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester. 

The American Red Cross is also supporting evacuation shelters in the Tri-County area. 

Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in McClellanville

Matthew made landfall Saturday morning in the town of McClellanville, 27 years after Hugo slammed into the fishing village.

However, Matthew didn't leave as much destruction like Hugo did.  Ted Dawson was here for both storms. 

"Deja vu, but I said it can't be as bad as Hugo," Dawson said.

He was right. Matthew took down some trees and flooded some streets. 

The storm also bent the McClellanville historical marker.

Mayor Rutledge Leland says it seems like McClellanville is a magnet for hurricanes. 

Damage in the Lowcountry 

Residents in the Lowcountry woke up Saturday morning to flooding, downed trees, power outages and other damage from the storm's powerful winds.

Emergency officials continued to urge residents not to venture out to look at damage even after curfews have expired because of safety risks.

Coastal counties in South Carolina experienced heavy rain and gusty winds. 

Matthew remained a category 1 hurricane as it passed through the Lowcountry with residents reporting flooded roads in North Charleston and uprooted trees in Summerville and Goose Creek. 

Matthew had knocked out power for more than 210,000 South Carolinians by early Saturday morning, utilities reported. 

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