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Hurricane Matthew Approaches Florida; Governor Urges 1.5 Million to Flee

Taking aim at central Florida’s Atlantic coast, Hurricane Matthew intensified Thursday morning into a Category 4 storm with winds of at least 140 miles per hour and strengthening. The storm was blamed for the deaths of 100 people in Haiti.
“Extremely dangerous, life-threatening weather conditions are forecast in the next 24 hours,” the National Weather Service warned early Thursday afternoon.

“Airborne debris lofted by extreme winds will be capable of breaching structures, unprotected windows and vehicles.”
Find developments; dispatches from our reporters in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina; a live storm tracker map; and answers to reader questions below.

• The center of the hurricane was about 150 miles southeast of West Palm Beach, Fla. as of 1 p.m. Thursday, moving northwest at 14 m.p.h. over the Bahamas. The eye of the storm was projected to hit Cape Canaveral at about 8 a.m. Friday, and pass near Jacksonville at about 8 p.m.

• Gov. Rick Scott of Florida told the 1.5 million residents in evacuation zones: “You need to leave. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”

• A hurricane warning is in effect from northern Miami-Dade County, Fla., to the Altamaha Sound, between Jacksonville, Fla., and Savannah, Ga.

• New York Times journalists covering the storm include Lizette Alvarez in Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Azam Ahmed and Nick Madigan in Miami; Frances Robles in Titusville, Fla.; Les Neuhaus in Jacksonville, Fla.; Alan Blinder in Atlanta; Richard Fausset and Jess Bidgood in Charleston, S.C.; and Richard Pérez Peña in New York.

Florida Governor: Get Out Now
Florida’s governor pleaded with people on Thursday to evacuate from the state’s east coast as Hurricane Matthew threatened to roar past as a Category 4 storm.
“There are no excuses,” Mr. Scott said in Tallahassee, the state capital. “You need to leave. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”
Mr. Scott, who has spent days warning that the storm could be catastrophic in a state that has not had a major hurricane make landfall since 2005, added: “This storm will kill you. Time is running out.”

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