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Florida, South Carolina governors urge caution ahead of Matthew

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 00:59

The governors for Florida and South Carolina are urging residents to take extra precaution and preparatory steps ahead of Hurricane Matthew's anticipated arrival. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The governors of Florida and South Carolina urged residents on Wednesday (October 5) to take extra precaution and preparatory steps ahead of Hurricane Matthew's anticipated arrival. Both Florida and South Carolina have declared states of emergencies for the storm, which has pounded the Caribbean with 145 mile-per-hour winds and surging seas. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley pleaded with people to get 100 miles (160 km) away from the coast, but did not say if there would be penalties for those who refuse to comply. By declaring a state of emergency, Haley can mobilize 1,800 members of the National Guard. Highways will have all traffic lanes directed away from the coast for the evacuation, and the state will close schools and county government offices in 26 of the state's 46 counties staring Wednesday. Matthew will be a Category 2 or Category 3 hurricane when it brushes or hits South Carolina on Friday night, she said. Officials anticipate 100 mph (160 kph) winds and five- to seven-foot (1.5- to 2-meter) storm surges in coastal South Carolina, she said. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties on Monday, has activated 200 members of the Florida National Guard to support any needed hurricane response and put another 6,000 on standby. Other state agencies prepared by ensuring fuel supplies in potential evacuation zones, readying shelters and highways to handle any evacuees, and taking inventory of emergency food supplies in state schools and warehouses.

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Florida, South Carolina governors urge caution ahead of Matthew

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 00:59