- Title: Aerial images in Florida capture minor damage left by Hurricane Matthew
- Date: 7th October 2016
- Summary: ATLANTIC BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) MITCH REEVES, MAYOR, CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH, SAYING: "Right now we are asking people to stay inside. We are still looking at a six to nine foot storm surge possibly. We are having high winds this time and probably if it gets to 39 miles per hour, then we’ll be shutting down the bridges."
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2016 18:38
- Keywords: Hurricane Matthew storm Florida
- Location: PALM BEACH COUNTY AND ATLANTIC BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: PALM BEACH COUNTY AND ATLANTIC BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA002530CPJB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in its rampage through Haiti earlier this week before it lashed Florida on Friday (October 7) with rain and howling winds and rolled northward up the U.S. Atlantic coast.
Aerial video showed choppy waves and windy conditions with minor damage over Palm Beach County. Power crews could be seen working on utility poles after the storm knocked out power to some 600,000 households statewide, Florida Governor Rick Scott said.
Matthew, the first major hurricane that could hit the United States head on in more than a decade, also triggered mass evacuations along the coast from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina.
Southern Florida escaped the brunt of the storm overnight, but U.S. President Barack Obama and other officials urged people not to get complacent in the face of a storm that could be the most severe to strike northeast Florida in more than 100 years.
No significant damage or injuries were reported in cities and towns in south Florida where the storm brought down trees and power lines, CNN and local media reported.
Matthew lessened in intensity on Thursday night and into Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center said, but was still a Category 3 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity. Category 5 is the strongest.
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