By Romrik Joshua Flores, Moroni Channel
Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
Before Hurricane Matthew turned into a killer storm, Church leaders counseled with mission presidents and local church leaders in every country and church mission in its path according to Deseret News.

According to CNN ​the agency’s Melbourne, Florida, office warned Thursday night that homes and buildings in central Florida “may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

The hurricane is expected to be a Category 4 when it land fall, Paul Walsh told CNBC’s. The fact that about 4 million people living in that area, hurricane Matthew is expected to rank 5th along with hurricane Sandy, Andrew and Katrina.

The LDS Church released a statement Wednesday on the impact of the hurricane:

​Hurricane Matthew, a potentially catastrophic storm, has affected many parts of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Significant loss of life and severe damage to property has occurred, especially in Haiti. It is soon expected to impact the southeast United States over the next several days.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

We encourage residents in the affected area to listen to calls for appropriate evacuation, preparation and response, before, during and after the weather emergency.

Prior to the storm, the presidents of each mission in the path of the hurricane have taken appropriate steps to ensure the life and safety of missionaries. This has included moving to safer locations, gathering emergency supplies and reviewing mission emergency procedures. Mission presidents have responded as appropriate and where possible are keeping families informed by email and through social media with messages of reassurance that necessary precautions have been taken.

Local Church congregational leaders take similar steps to prepare those in their area. The Church continues to monitor the situation and is prepared to respond as needed.

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