Hurricane Matthew unearths US civil war cannonballs on beach

Ruth Doherty
Hurricane Matthew unearths US civil war cannonballs on beach
Hurricane Matthew unearths US civil war cannonballs on beach



A man walking along South Carolina's Folly Beach got quite a surprise on Sunday morning when he discovered 12 US Civil War cannonballs on the shore.

Hurricane Matthew unearthed the relics buried at the beach, near to where the first shots of the war were fired at Fort Sumter in 1861.

A bomb squad was called to the area to make it safe and detonate the old cannonballs.

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Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes last week when Hurricane Matthew approached the southeastern coast of America.

The hurricane left more than 1,000 people dead in Haiti after it tore through the Caribbean.

The Weather Channel reports that it then hit the US, claiming 11 lives in North Carolina, nine in Florida, three in South Carolina, three in Georgia, and one in Virginia.

It is believed that most of the people who died in the US were swept away by floodwaters.

Rescue helicopters were used to pluck people from the rooftops of their homes, while military vehicles were used to rescue others, including one woman who held onto a tree for three hours when her car was overrun by floodwater.

The Guardian reports that the weakening storm left the US on Sunday, but that effects will still be felt in North Carolina, where floods are still forecast.

According to the BBC, Hurricane Matthew is the most powerful storm to hit the US in 10 years.