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Hurricane Mathew: Thousands stuck without electricity in FloridaAs Hurricane Matthew continues north, strong winds of 160 kilometers per hour are hitting Florida. Florida Governor Rick Scott prepared the residents for a direct hit and the authorities are assisting residents by supplying them with food and water. So far, the storm has killed over 842 people in Haiti.
After leaving death and destruction all over the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew is continuing north towards the US' east coast. Strong winds of 160 kilometers per hour have already been recorded in Florida and over 600,000 people are stuck without electricity. US President Barack Obama reported that the storm has begun to pass over Florida and that most of the concern now is focused on Jacksonville and Georgia. He also ordered the residents to evacuate to the highest ground possible.
The storm was lowered to a category 3 but it is still defined as one of the strongest and deadliest storms in recent history. Over 22 million people are in shelters while the authorities are providing food and water.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott told the press that "the worst is still to come." He added that there is still a danger that the storm might directly hit certain areas of the state.
CNN reported that the language being used by the National Weather Service in order to describe Hurricane Matthew resembles that used to describe Hurricane Katrina.
Only a few hurricanes hit Florida's shore in the past few years and none of them threatened to plow north through the residential areas and threaten Georgia and North Carolina. Obama declared a state of emergency for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Evacuation orders were given to areas in which at least 3 million residents live. "This hurricane is a monster," stated Scott. Scott urged the public to evacuate as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile in Haiti, the death toll jumped to 842 people, most of whom were from the coastal cities in the south-west part of the country. Rescue teams that came after the storm passed found a village that was almost completely destroyed. Most of the deaths were caused because of falling trees, objects blown in the wind and strong currents where rivers overflowed. The US sent a Navy vessel to assist in the rescue operations.
Haiti is still trying to recover from the deadly earthquake that hit the country in 2010, with thousands still living in tents. Thousands who fled their homes to prepared shelters found themselves without food and water and with a physician shortage because the doctors cannot reach the shelters due to the damage caused by the hurricane.
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