- Title: Waves strengthen at Florida beaches as Hurricane Matthew approaches
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: JUNO BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS - Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE) PEOPLE ON BEACH MAN TAKING PICTURE OF WAVES VARIOUS OF PALM TREES BLOWING IN WIND WAVES PALM TREES BLOWING IN WIND WAVES PALM TREE BLOWING IN WIND
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 19:04
- Keywords: Hurricane Matthew Juno Beach waves palm trees
- Location: JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA00152VD2DJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: People in Juno Beach in South Florida went to beach to take pictures of waves and look at the surf as Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade barrelled toward the southeastern United States on Thursday (October 6) after killing at least 140 people, mostly in Haiti, on its deadly northward march.
As Matthew blew through the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday en route to Florida's Atlantic coast, it became an "extremely dangerous" hurricane carrying winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
That made it a Category 4 hurricane and it was likely to remain so as it approached the United States, where it could either take direct aim at Florida or brush along the state's coast through Friday night, the center said.
Some 136 people were killed in Haiti, local officials said, and thousands were displaced after the storm flattened homes, uprooted trees and inundated neighborhoods earlier in the week.
As the storm passed about 25 miles (40 km) from the Bahamas capital of Nassau, howling gusts of wind brought down palms and other trees and flipped shingles off the rooftops of many houses. Bahamas Power and Light disconnected much of Nassau as Matthew bore down on the town.
It was too soon to predict where Matthew might do the most of its damage in the United States but the National Hurricane Center's hurricane warning extended up the Atlantic coast from southern Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina. More than 12 million people in the United States were under hurricane watches and warnings, according to the Weather Channel.
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