See Hurricane Matthew Through The Eyes Of People Experiencing It

Emerging photos and videos show devastation in the Caribbean and empty shelves in Florida

Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful storms in recent years, is expected to hit the Bahamas early Thursday morning and move on to Florida by Friday. People are already preparing for its landfall in the United States, while those in the wake of the storm deal with the aftermath.

Planes designed to fly into dangerous weather got some incredible aerial shots of the developing hurricane.

And of the eye of the storm as it headed towards Cuba.

As everyone rushes to prepare, basics like bread and water are disappearing from store shelves.

People hoping to get gas face massive lines as everyone tries to fill up their cars and backup generators.

Other stations are already empty.

People on the coasts of Haiti and Cuba were in a similar situation earlier in the week. Flooding started well before the hurricane landed.

A wall of rain, clouds, and wind hit Haiti and Cuba on Tuesday.

In Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. Navy set up emergency response stations in preparation for the storm.

Cuban and Haitian cities were obliterated as Matthew hit shore, leaving residents wandering through rubble-strewn streets and flooding.

Expect much more from the Bahamas and Florida as Matthew develops over the next few days.

Sara Chodosh

Sara Chodoshis an associate editor at PopSci where she writes about everything from vaccine hesitancy to extreme animal sex. She got her master's degree in science journalism at NYU's Science Health and Environmental Reporting Program, and is getting a second master's in data visualization from the University of Girona. Contact the author here.