Hurricane Matthew could knock out power for approximately 7 million people in the United States in a wide swath stretching from Miami to the Carolinas. That’s according to power outage forecasts by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and Texas A&M University. Current as of 2 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time Wednesday morning, the forecasts are likely to change quickly as the storm progresses, and will be updated frequently on the team’s website.

“We’ll be running new power outage forecasts every six hours,” said Seth Guikema, U-M associate professor of industrial and operations engineering. “With a storm this size, a small wobble isn’t going to change things very much. Even if it stays over the ocean, there are likely to be substantial power outage impacts.” READ MORE