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"Heed the warning" on Hurricane Matthew: White House

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 00:57

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says residents in the path of Hurricane Matthew should heed the warning to evacuate and take shelter. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) White House spokesman Josh Earnest encouraged residents in the path of Hurricane Matthew to heed warnings from local governments about evacuations and seeking shelter. Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, strengthened as it barreled toward the southeastern United States on Thursday 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. 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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"Heed the warning" on Hurricane Matthew: White House

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 00:57