Apocalyptic scenes as Hurricane Matthew leaves historic city of St Augustine submerged under water

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20 people, including children, stuck in #StAugustine bed & breakfast. They say they’re getting worried, as the surge is about to come in. pic.twitter.com/EMgX2UqBwb

— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew has left the city of St Augustine submerged under water after a huge a storm surge swept in.

Shocking pictures show homes flooded and cars floating down the street after sea defences were compromised.

In one bizarre image, a stalk was found sheltering from the weather in a bathroom.

There are fears around half the city’s 13,000 population did not evacuate.

St Augustine is one of the oldest settlements in the United States and contains a number of historic buildings which may now have been badly damaged or even destroyed.

Hurricane Matthew live: Biblical scenes as city of St Augustine left submerged and death toll climbs to four

Viewer video shows water rushing through Flagler College in St. Augustine #HurricaneMatthew #flaglercollege #firstalertwx pic.twitter.com/NTDoYvnkSz

— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) October 7, 2016

A number of videos posted online show the downtown area transformed into a waterworld, with roads no longer visible.

In one clip from Action News Jacksonville reporter Russell Coburn, a number of people appear to be trapped in a bed and breakfast.

There are around 20 people inside, including children, Coburn reports.

Flagler College is completely FLOODED. Breezeway is gone #PrayForStAug pic.twitter.com/WmKVlwYFtL

— Ryan Ashworth (@Rashworth6) October 7, 2016 VIEW GALLERY

Other footage shows Flagler College flooded, with water cascading through corridors.

Four people have died so far in incidents relating to Hurricane Matthew including a woman who was crushed by a tree which fell on her trailer.

The storm has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, but will still bring winds of up to 110mph to the coast of Florida.

Matthew could continue up the coast towards Georgia and North and South Carolina, where President Obama has signed state of emergency declarations.

Or it could move inland on Friday night or Saturday.

More than a 1 million people are without power.