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Florida declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane “Matthew”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:00
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Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all counties ahead of Hurricane “Matthew”, a life-threatening Category 4 storm. Scott signed the executive order on Monday, October 3, 2016, while visiting the City of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center.

“Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously. If it directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992. That is why we cannot delay and must prepare for direct impact now. Having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death during severe weather, especially a major category four hurricane,” Scott said.

There are currently no evacuation orders in place and a direct impact to Florida is not expected, but the storm could quickly change track and no one should be caught off guard, Scott reminded.

The center of Category 4 Hurricane “Matthew” will pass directly over or very near southwestern Haiti around 12:00 UTC on October 4, 2016. Matthew has already claimed its first victims in Haiti, leaving at least two persons dead, authorities said Monday, October 3, 2016.

Read more: Matthew bearing down on Haiti, claims first victims

Hurricane Matthew forecast track by NHC at 06:00 UTC on October 4, 2016

Hurricane “Matthew” forecast track by NHC at 06:00 UTC on October 4, 2016

Featured image: Hurricane “Matthew” at 06:45 UTC on October 4, 2016. Credit: UW-CIMSS

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