- Title: Hurricane Matthew lashes Daytona Beach
- Date: 7th October 2016
- Summary: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) SIGN READING (English) "DAYTONA BEACH: WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS BEACH" PAN FROM WAVES CRASHING ON BEACH TO DEBRIS AND WRECKAGE ON STREET EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WALKING WAVES ON BEACH VARIOUS OF DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS ACROSS FROM BEACH VARIOUS OF DAMAGE TO GAS STATION VARIOUS OF DAMAGED TARP ON TOP OF APARTMENT BUILDING WITH PEOPLE ON THEIR BALCONIES BROKEN STREETLAMP ON STREET VARIOUS OF BROKEN BOARDS ON TOP OF DAMAGED CAR IN PARKING LOT
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2016 22:13
- Keywords: Hurricane Matthew Daytona Beach Florida Matthew hurricane Florida coast
- Location: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA001530D64N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hurricane Matthew lashed Florida on Friday (October 07) with howling winds and rumbled northward up the U.S. Atlantic coast.
In Daytona Beach, Florida, the street under the city's famed "World's Most Famous Beach" sign was clogged with debris washed up by the ocean. The waves had receded by early afternoon but there was damage throughout the city, including a facade ripped off the front of a seaside hotel.
Matthew, potentially the first major hurricane to hit the United States head on in more than a decade, triggered mass evacuations along the coast from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina.
Matthew skirted Florida on Friday with winds of up to 120 miles per hour (195 kph), but had not made landfall by Friday afternoon. The U.S. National Hurricane Center's hurricane warning extended up the Atlantic coast from central Florida through Georgia and South Carolina and into North Carolina.
The U.S. National Weather Service said it could be the most powerful storm 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.
About 22,000 people were in Florida shelters and Georgia and South Carolina also opened dozens of shelters for evacuees.
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