Hurricane Matthew Lashes Florida Amid Dire Warnings, Hundreds of Thousands Lose Power

Hurricane Matthew is taking aim at the Florida coast, with powerful winds, potentially devastating storm surges and flooding from rain, prompting mass evacuations and dire warnings from officials.
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Transcript for Hurricane Matthew Lashes Florida Amid Dire Warnings, Hundreds of Thousands Lose Power
So we're talking about of course hurricane Matthew a lot of breaking news and developing information overnight it's being called a monster. Hurricane Matthew and it's potentially catastrophic winds of 130. Miles per hour. Bearing down on Florida's Atlantic coast lend those winds combined with heavy rains causing frightening moment. Sparking fires power is knocked out for at least 95000. Homes and businesses in Florida a number that is expected to rise overnight. On the radar here you can see where this storm is right now Matthews I has been skimming Florida's coast for hours moving away from the Bahamas. Where did so much damage it won't ride up the coast today it is just a huge storm and we're begin our coverage right now. With ABC's Lauren Lister who is in hurricane zone in new Smyrna beach where the wind and rain. Are really picking good morning. Good morning madness and I got Florida already feeling the impact of hurricane and that you add eight barrels. Toward the kind of scared those wind a 130 miles per hour for this category four hurricane. You can see the winds picking up here now that it is expected to get so much work. As people hair hunkered down to try to weather this storm. Matthew heading straight for Florida the brutal wind and rain. Boeing as the hurricane charges towards the coast. The National Weather Service saying nasty will be devastating. Potentially unlike any hurricane in the modern era. Florida's governor to calling it a monster. And for she this is going to kill people. Already it hands Matthew taking the lives of more than 100 people as it swept through Haiti. The death told their pride rocketing as the floodwaters recede. In the Bahamas this shortened battery life. Rain cleaned everything that they could. And did vacations at 3000 tourists unable to escape and with the hurricane and heading for Florida. President Thursday filling up those final stand that its doors are boarded up their shelves bare and a fight did get fuel. To guys. Fighting at a gas station yes that I. Dad look actually. Throwing punches one and a half million people ordered to evacuate. Jamming the roads but not flying. Time lapsed radar showing the normally busy Florida skies clearing out. Nearly 4000 flights are canceled over the next two days. And major concern here now this storm surge along the coast where I am it's expected to be fit fit ten feet or more meaning waterways like the one behind me could rise and flooding is that real concern for residents here. You can seat. The water is already rising that is adopt behind me Jess and ours sell about I would standing out on right now it is completely February. And hours before that it stood a few feet above the water thing you can see that this storm is really already. Taking a fall on an area.

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