- Title: More than 800 dead from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Florida coast hit
- Date: 7th October 2016
- Summary: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DAMAGED GAS STATION SIGN GAS STATION VARIOUS OF DAMAGED WATERFRONT BUILDING VARIOUS OF HOME WITH DAMAGED ROOF DAMAGED CANAVERAL HOSPITAL SIGN VARIOUS OF BOAT
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2016 19:35
- Keywords: Matthew storm hurricane Florida Cape Canaveral
- Location: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA001530CU9Z
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- 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.
The number of fatalities in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, surged to at least 842 on Friday as information trickled in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm, according to a Reuters tally of death tolls given by officials.
Matthew swiped Florida on Friday with winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kph).
In Cape Canaveral, Florida, home to the country's main space launch site, the storm downed power lines and trees and destroyed billboards. There was also minor property damage.
The U.S. National Weather Service said the storm could be the most powerful to strike northeast Florida in 118 years. The last major hurricane, classified as a storm bearing sustained winds of more than 110 mph (177 kph), to make landfall on U.S. shores was Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
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