Hurricane Matthew: A look back

Hurricane Matthew ripped into Haiti on Oct. 4, 2016, as a Category 4 storm, bringing with it brutal 143-mph sustained winds, as well as flooding and mudslides. Traveling north, it raged off the coasts of Florida and Georgia before making landfall. By the time it hit the U.S. in South Carolina Oct. 8, it had been downgraded to a Category 1 storm.

Meanwhile, another storm was brewing. On Oct. 7, a month before the presidential election, three major news events threw the campaign into chaos: the Obama administration released a historic joint statement concluding the Russian government was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee; the Washington Post published the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that caught Donald Trump bragging about assaulting women; and WikiLeaks dumped its trove of Hillary Clinton campaign emails.

So while Matthew led the morning newscasts, and both candidates were briefed on its imminent landfall, by midafternoon the damage brought by the revelations in the news was the wreckage the campaigns were most focused on. (Gabby Kaufman/Yahoo News)

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Hurricane Matthew – A look back

A couple walk along the Sanford Riverwalk along Lake Monroe as strong winds and rain continue from Hurricane Matthew in downtown Sanford, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo: Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Hurricane Matthew – A look back

An elderly man rests his head at a shelter for evacuees in a high school hallway before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in North Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

Cocoa Beach, Fla., Oct. 7, 2016

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, Oct. 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Fla. Hurricane Matthew passed by offshore as a catagory 3 hurricane bringing heavy winds and minor flooding. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 7, 2016

A woman carries a child as they walk in front of destroyed houses after Hurricane Matthew passes Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

South Beach area near Nassau, Bahamas, Oct. 7, 2016

A woman and a child hold hands as they walk into their flooded house in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in the South Beach area near Nassau, Bahamas, Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Les Cayes, Haiti, Oct. 7, 2016

A woman tries to get food at a shelter in the school Liliane Mars Dumarsais Estime after Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)

Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 7, 2016

People walk down a street next to destroyed houses after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Hurricane Matthew’s center near the South Carolina coast

Hurricane Matthew’s center is seen near the coast of South Carolina in this satellite image captured at 1115 EDT (1515 GMT) on Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo: NOAA’s GOES-East satellite/NASA/Handout via Reuters)

Savannah, Ga., Oct. 8, 2016

A woman who identified herself as Valerie walks along flooded President Street after leaving her homeless camp after Hurricane Matthew caused flooding, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Savannah, Ga. Matthew plowed north along the Atlantic coast, flooding towns and gouging out roads in its path. (Photo: Stephen B. Morton/AP)

St. Simons Island, Ga., Oct. 8, 2016

Andy Jones clears away limbs from a tree blocking a road after it fell over from Hurricane Matthew on St. Simons Island, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)

Charleston, S.C., Oct. 8, 2016

Flood waters rise up to homes in an affluent historic neighborhood after Hurricane Matthew hit Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

Flagler Beach, Fla., Oct. 8, 2016

In this aerial photo, portions of SR A1A are washed out from Hurricane Matthew, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Flagler Beach, Fla. (Photo: Chris O’Meara/AP)

Charleston, S.C., Oct. 8, 2016

Storm surge and rainwater burst the banks of Colonial Lake and partially submerge park benches after Hurricane Matthew hit Charleston, S.C., Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

St. Augustine, Fla., Oct. 8, 2016

A man walks on a debris covered beach in St. Augustine, Fla., on Oct. 8, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew passed the area. (Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Charleston, S.C., Oct. 8, 2016

A Charleston resident kayaks down a flooded Rutledge Avenue after Hurricane Matthew hit Charleston, S.C., Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

Savannah, Ga., Oct. 8, 2016

A downed tree from Hurricane Matthew rests against a home, Oct. 8, 2016 in Savannah, Ga. Across the Southeast, over 1.4 million people have lost power due to Hurricane Matthew. As of Saturday morning, Matthews has been downgraded to a category 1 hurricane. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Flagler Beach, Fla., Oct. 8, 2016

Debris lies on a portion of the damaged A1A Highway which was closed in Flagler Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, after pounding surf from Hurricane Matthew which brushed Florida’s east coast. (Photo: Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Chantal, Haiti, Oct. 8, 2016

Friends and relatives attend the funeral of Anne Dit Trozitha Zamore, who died during Hurricane Matthew, in Chantal, Haiti, Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)

Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 8, 2016

People walk on a street filled with rubble after Hurricane Matthew passes in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 8, 2016

A man carries wooden planks salvaged from the rubble of a destroyed houses after Hurricane Matthew passes in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 8, 2016. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Hope Mills, N.C., Oct. 9, 2016

A man holds onto a yield sign after trying to swim out to help a stranded truck driver at NC 301 Highway and Tom Starling Road in Hope Mills, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. Both people were rescued. (Photo: Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

Savannah, Ga., Oct. 9, 2016

Georgia Department of Transportation workers help repair downed street lights and power along Highway 307 in Savannah, Ga., in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Lumberton, N.C., Oct. 9, 2016

An abandoned truck lies in submerged waters after Hurricane Matthew hit Lumberton, N.C., on Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

Dixiana, S.C.,Oct. 9, 2016

Traffic three-lanes wide slowly moves down I-26 in South Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 as people return to their homes following Hurricane Matthew’s path along the Atlantic coast line. The traffic was moved to a snails pace near the exit for Dixiana, S.C. (Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)

Hurricane Matthew – A look back

Cherie Monroe stands in the sunroom of her home in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in the Tanglewood subdivision in Port Orange, Fla., Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Phelan Ebenhack/Reuters)

Roche a Bateau, Haiti, Oct. 9, 2016

An elderly woman walks along a debris filled street in Roche a Bateau, Haiti on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

Morne la Source, Haiti, Oct. 9, 2016

Jimmy Mondesir, middle, worships at L’Elise de Dieu in Morne la Source, Haiti, on Oct. 9, 2016, without it’s roof, lost in Hurricane Matthew. (Photo: Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

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