Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean in almost a decade, is strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane Thursday, with sustained winds ranging from 130 mph to 156 mph. It is forecast to dump 7 to 10 inches of rain, and produce 9-foot storm surges as it brush the Florida coast Thursday night.
With 12 million Americans across the Southeast under a hurricane warning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has issued stern warnings to those in the storm’s path to evacuate or prepare for intense rain and flooding unlike any the state has seen in 11 years, since hurricane Andrew.
“If you’re reluctant to evacuate, just think about all the people who have been killed,” Governor Scott said at a news conference on Thursday, referring to the 35 people confirmed dead in Haiti. “Time is running out. This is clearly either going to have a direct hit or come right along the coast and we’re going to have hurricane-force winds.” READ MORE.