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Hurricane Matthew has regained strength and is once again classified as a powerful category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned residents from Florida to North Carolina to expect up to 20 inches of rain and “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.” Meanwhile President Obama has declared a state of emergency for Florida, freeing up federal money and personnel to protect lives and property.
1.5 million Floridians have been ordered to evacuate. Earlier this morning Florida Governor Rick Scott warned residents to “evacuate, evacuate, evacuate” saying that “this is going to kill people.” According a local Jacksonville station, the storm could knock out power for approximately 7 million people in the United States in a wide swath stretching from Miami to the Carolinas.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 6, 2016
Meanwhile the Weather Channel is calling for a storm surge of up to 11 feet in certain areas along the Florida coastline.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 6, 2016
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