Friday updates: Hurricane Matthew slams Florida’s east coast

*Scroll down for updates on Hurricane Matthew from Friday, October 7*

Friday afternoon, Hurricane Matthew was a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. update. Matthew is forecast to continue being a formidable hurricane as it approaches the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas in the next few days.

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8 AM UPDATE: Hurricane Matthew moving parallel to the east coast of Florida near Cape Canaveral. Matthew is centered about 40 miles ESE of Cape Canaveral, Florida or 90 miles SE of Daytona Beach, Florida and is moving NNW at 13 mph. This general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north is expected tonight or Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will be moving near or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through tonight, and near or over the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday. Matthew will turn east and move off of the SC coast on Sunday.

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Becca Mitchell October 7, 201610:16 am

Nearly 600,000 without power in Florida – Matthew has taken out power for more than 593,000 customers in Florida. The downpour, storm surge and extreme winds are expected to hit central and northern sections of the Florida coast, including communities such as Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, according to the hurricane center. 

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Here’s the 11 a.m. update on Matthew from the National Hurricane Center:

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President Barack Obama urged people in coastal northeastern Florida and Georgia to heed the instructions of local officials as Hurricane Matthew approached, saying that there is significant potential for dangerous storm surges, flooding, loss of life and severe property damage.

“This is still a really dangerous hurricane,” Obama said at the White House Friday. “We’re not going to know for three, four, five days what the ultimate effects of this (storm) are.”

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gives update on Hurricane Matthew preps.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gives update on Hurricane Matthew preps.

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COCOA BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 07: Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pound the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew passed by offshore as a catagory 3 hurricane bringing heavy winds and minor flooding.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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As Hurricane Matthew impacts Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has made additional requests to the federal government:

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – As Hurricane Matthew impacts Florida, Governor Scott has requested President Obama to declare a Major Disaster for Florida as a result of the storm. If approved by President Obama, this will provide federal resources to support recovery efforts in Florida. This request is for both individual assistance for families and public assistance to help state agencies and local governments. Yesterday, the federal government approved Governor Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration. Cumulatively, Governor Scott has asked FEMA to provide the following:

-Food
-Water
-Tarps
-Generators
-Water pumps
-Search and rescue teams
-Hazmat assessment teams
-Cots and blankets
-Food distribution vehicles
-Helicopters
Governor Scott has also directed the state to begin setting up housing for utility crews in strategic areas across the state. Camp Blanding in Northeast Florida is ready to house over 1,000 utility workers and their trucks. Two other locations are currently being prepared across the state should utility companies need it.

Governor Rick Scott said, “As this massive category three hurricane impacts Florida, I have continued to make requests to the federal government for resources based on the needs of communities across our state. This storm has now impacted a little over half of our east coast, and we expect to see severe impacts as it approaches Northeast Florida. We will not hesitate to get our communities the resources they need to respond to families and we will continue to make requests to the federal government as needed.

“I have also directed the state to set up strategic housing for utility crews across the state so workers can quickly restore power. Power saves lives and getting it restored will be a top priority as the storm passes. In advance of this storm, I activated 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard. They have already started conducting assessments in South Florida. Once they complete any recovery missions, they will join the troops we have positioned in Central and North Florida and help with any search and rescue efforts.

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission currently has 90 officers performing search and rescue operations, and another 70 on standby. Florida Highway Patrol has 150 troopers on public safety patrol right now, and another 100 on standby. They are all ready to help people in our state impacted by this severe storm.”

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As Hurricane Matthew impacts Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has made additional requests to the federal government:

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – As Hurricane Matthew impacts Florida, Governor Scott has requested President Obama to declare a Major Disaster for Florida as a result of the storm. If approved by President Obama, this will provide federal resources to support recovery efforts in Florida. This request is for both individual assistance for families and public assistance to help state agencies and local governments. Yesterday, the federal government approved Governor Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration. Cumulatively, Governor Scott has asked FEMA to provide the following:

-Food
-Water
-Tarps
-Generators
-Water pumps
-Search and rescue teams
-Hazmat assessment teams
-Cots and blankets
-Food distribution vehicles
-Helicopters

Governor Scott has also directed the state to begin setting up housing for utility crews in strategic areas across the state. Camp Blanding in Northeast Florida is ready to house over 1,000 utility workers and their trucks. Two other locations are currently being prepared across the state should utility companies need it.

Governor Rick Scott said, “As this massive category three hurricane impacts Florida, I have continued to make requests to the federal government for resources based on the needs of communities across our state. This storm has now impacted a little over half of our east coast, and we expect to see severe impacts as it approaches Northeast Florida. We will not hesitate to get our communities the resources they need to respond to families and we will continue to make requests to the federal government as needed.

“I have also directed the state to set up strategic housing for utility crews across the state so workers can quickly restore power. Power saves lives and getting it restored will be a top priority as the storm passes. In advance of this storm, I activated 3,500 members of the Florida National Guard. They have already started conducting assessments in South Florida. Once they complete any recovery missions, they will join the troops we have positioned in Central and North Florida and help with any search and rescue efforts.

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission currently has 90 officers performing search and rescue operations, and another 70 on standby. Florida Highway Patrol has 150 troopers on public safety patrol right now, and another 100 on standby. They are all ready to help people in our state impacted by this severe storm.”

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Disney World closing for 4th time since opening in 1971 due to Hurricane Matthew

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Meteorologists Myles Henderson and Dominic Brown have the latest update on the Hurricane Matthew’s path.

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ORMOND BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 7: Palm trees blow in the rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew, October 7, 2016 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Overnight, Hurricane Matthew was downgraded to a category 3 storm. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Video: people are trapped at the Casablanca Inn On The Bay in St. Augustine, Florida

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12 p.m. Hurricane Matthew overview:

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A driver travels under heavy rain and wind in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 7, 2016, as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area. Hurricane Matthew unleashed torrential rains and up to 120 mile-an-hour winds as it hugged the Florida coast Friday, after a blast through the Caribbean that reportedly left at least 400 dead in Haiti. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Webcam from Jacksonville Beach, Florida as Hurricane Matthew impacts the area.

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Webcam from Tybee Island, Georgia as Hurricane Matthew impacts the area.

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COCOA BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 07: Lights are out on highway A1A from the winds of Hurricane Matthew, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew passed by offshore as a catagory 3 hurricane bringing heavy winds and minor flooding.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 7: A pump station at a gas station sits on the ground after Hurricane Matthew passed through on October 7, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 7: Water covers portions of International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach after Hurricane Matthew passes through on October 7, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Over 1 million people were without power Friday afternoon as Hurricane Matthew moved its way up the coast.

Pictures from the storm: http://via.wtkr.com/E42Wo

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PORT ORANGE, FL – OCTOBER 07: Metal lies on the ground at a gas station damaged by the heavy winds of Hurricane Matthew, October 7, 2016 on Port Orange, Florida. Hurricane Matthew passed by offshore as a catagory 3 hurricane bringing heavy winds and minor flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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ST AUGUSTINE, FL – OCTOBER 07: Rob Birch checks on his car which floated out of his drive way as Hurricane Matthew passes through the area on October 7, 2016 in St Augustine, Florida. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina all declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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PORT ORANGE, FL – OCTOBER 07: A women helps a dog navigate through Hurricane Matthew’s flood waters, October 7, 2016 on Port Orange, Florida. Hurricane Matthew passed the area offshore as a category 3 hurricane bringing heavy winds and flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Florida stork finds refuge from Hurricane Matthew in zoo bathroom

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ST AUGUSTINE, FL – OCTOBER 07: Cars are seen in a flooded parking lot as Hurricane Matthew passes through the area on October 7, 2016 in St Augustine, Florida. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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