CAPE CANAVERAL, FL —
While hundreds of thousands are boarding up and fleeing to safety as Hurricane Matthew bears down on the US, some storm chasers are heading for the eye of the storm. About 2 million people from Florida across Georgia to South Carolina were being encouraged to head inland and away from the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. Matthew killed at least 16 people in the Caribbean as it sliced through Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.
Some professionals are giving a front line view of the power and potential destruction, occasionally incorporating some humor.
Power is out, no running water, still dark outside. Coconuts make an awful sound when they land on the roof! “What was that?” x10 #Matthew
— Jim Edds (@ExtremeStorms) October 6, 2016
Hurricane Matthew is barreling over the Bahamas and taking aim at Florida, expected to near the Atlantic coast starting Thursday night. The Category 3 storm has top sustained winds of 125 mph. Florida hasn’t been hit by a storm this powerful in more than a decade.
Florida emergency officials said 48 shelters in schools already have begun providing refuge to more than 3,000 people, some with special needs, mostly in coastal counties where evacuations both mandatory and voluntary were underway. Patients also were transferred from two Florida waterfront hospitals and a nursing home near Daytona Beach to safer locations.
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