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too late to get out. >> absolutely. it's impacted a lot of people in its path. it's disrupting transportation across the country already, talking about amtrak and greyhound buses and their routes. >> airlines cancelled 1800 flights nationwide. >> just today. >> meaning planes may not be available for trips in other parts of the country. we have more now on that from eva pilgrim. >> reporter: the hurricane grinding air travel to a halt in the southeast and causing a ripple effect country. >> we get complacent and this is not turning. >> the one day we planned to leave, there's a hurricane. >> reporter: mid morning, ft. lauderdale airport shutting down for the first time since hurricane clekatrina 11 years a a rare move. at 1:00 p.m., all flights in and out of miami stopped. orlando international away from
cancelled over two days. time lapse radar showing the busy florida skies clearing out. >> our original flight was cancelled. >> reporter: the holbrooke family visiting florida from oklahoma now driving away from the storm and hoping to find another way out. >> we are actually going to clearwater and then driving to the tampa airport tomorrow to fly out. >> reporter: meanwhile in jacksonville, some of the final flights on the east coast of florida taking off. but the ticket counters are postally empty. jacksonville airport officials do not plan to close the airport even i ensure stranded travelers have a place to stay. eva pilgrim, abc news, jacksonville, florida. >> yeah. so between wednesday and saturday, some 3,700 flights canceled so far. and more to come, no doubt. obviously, it's impacting the race for the white house, as well. it's actually forcing both candidates to cancel events and close offices in the critical swing state of florida. >> both candidates are pulling their punches on tv ads until the threat is over tweeting out
their next debate. here is abc each tom llamas. >> reporter: in battleground florida hillary clinton and donald trump shutting down their campaign offices for once both on the same page. clinton tweeting, i urge everyone to follow emergency instructions and evacuate if you're told to. trump warning, if your home is in the path of the hurricane and you're advised to leave, you need to do so right now. the storm comes with both candidates deep in debate prep. trump screening video of the first showdown. aides wanted to point out his reaction easy under fire >> perpetuated a false claim. . >> it involves going after then online. then you called her miss housekeeping because she was latina. >> reporter: trump being told he doesn't always have to get the last word in. >> donald supported the invasion of iraq. >> wrong. that is absolutely -- >> wrong. >> proved over and over again.
accused clinton of using canned lines. >> mrs. clinton was there trying to get out five zingers rehearsed for a number of days. >> reporter: now working on their own zingers for trump to deliver them, and trump is test driving the town hall format in new hampshire of the his coach, new jersey governor chris christie. trump's opponent, hillary clinton, has more experience fielding questions in town halls. >> what are you going to do about all the bullying? >> can you tell me a little bit more the about why that's on your mind? >> reporter: moments like that, hugging that little girl, a personal connection with voters. but clinton had a rough outing in a recent tv town hall, deep in debate prep and her team predicts she'll face a less testy trump sunday night. both campaigns with an eye on hurricane matthew. the clinton campaign hoping they change the voter registration deadline in florida because the cutoff is next tuesday. so far, no word if that's going to happen.
we should point out the second presidential debate held at washington university in st. louis is now only two days away. >> it's co-moderated by our own abc news colleague martha raddatz at 9:00 p.m. eastern here on abc. >> and monday morning, we're going to have live team coverage of that debate. back to the top story for today, hurricane matthew hammering florida right now, we're going to check in with our geo benitez in the storm zone and see how the governors of south carolina, north carolina and florida are reacting. "world news now" weather
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evacuations all up and down the coast. officials urging residents in the storm's path to get out. >> and you just look at that image and realize how huge the storm is. it's a monster storm. the eye wall is very, very big. geo benitez just filed this from palm beach garden. geo, good morning. >> reporter: we're in a safe location, but no mistake about it, we're getting powerful wind and rain. we don't want to be anywhere near that dangerous eye wall, that's what officials are trying to keep people away from. talking about 100-mile-per-hour winds, 120-mile-per-hour winds. it's just too dangerous. right now in florida, we're looking at the potential of having 2.5 million people without any power at all, and that's an extremely huge amount of people without power, so no doubt, a serious, serious concern where that eye wall actually ends up, that is going to be the biggest question and where the most damage could possibly be.
beach gardens, florida. >> we can see there in that piece the downed trees, downed power lines. i mean, there's so much damage a storm like this does. >> absolutely. i just spoke with geo. we were texting back and forth with each other. he said they had to hunker down overnight because they were so worried about the conditions. and to think they didn't get the category 3 hurricane conditions there in palm beach gardens, and it was still rough enough for them to be out there on the roads. and bart of the dangerous things you see there, that's one of the biggest concerns for many out there in the hurricane zones. >> losing power, and, of course, debris. >> downed lines. >> the storm surge, a very dangerous situation. people are mindful of that and are evacuating as they are told to. >> let's hope. coming up, more hurricane coverage including a news anchor's emotional plea. we'll be right back. "world news now" continues after this from our abc
back with the latest on hurricane matthew, and for days back with the latest on hurricane matthew, and for days leading up to the moment, governor in the state's hurricane path urged residents to get out. >> unfortunately, this is going to kill people. >> they should already be evacuating. we want that to happen. >> time is running out. leave, there's no excuses. roads are open. you should get out. >> storm surges are going to go much further inland than people realize, and that's a lot of water all at once. >> let's all pray for our state
so that hopefully we'll come through this having learned lessons, but hopefully not having to repeat those lessons in the very near future. >> there are no excuses. you need to leave. evacuate, evacuate, evacuate. are you willing to take a chance to risk your life? are you willing to take a gamble? that's what you're doing. if you're reluctant to evacuate, think of all the people this storm already killed. you and your family could be among these numbers if you don't take this seriously. >> now, as florida's governor urges 1.5 million floridans to evacuate the hurricane zone, local news stations have been working overtime to try to get the word out. >> but the appeal from one veteran news anchor from jacksonville was so emotional and passionate, we wanted to share it with you.
>> i want to talk to you people for a minute, not as tom the newsman. we've been together for 40 years, you and i, it's time to take precautions. it's time to protect yourself. this is not going to be like anything we've seen before. think of clean katrina. think of what hugo did. think of baton rouge. we're in for a terrible, terrible experience. so please, do whatever's necessary to protect yourself and your family. err on the side of caution. if you're in one of those evacuation zones, go west, go north, get out of here. >> a lot of people saying those same words that tom did there to his viewers. >> such an impassioned plea. >> yes. next, how the storm sparked a
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a live picture here from jacksonville, florida, in these early morning hours, and you can see things are relatively calm. that area right now getting some of the outer bands of hurricane matthew. the storm is so huge it really spans the entire coast of florida at this hour. we'll keep an eye on it. see, look at that. 300 miles of coast and the outer bands, you see there, hitting jacksonville. we're going to move on. in today's day and age, something like hurricane matthew just invades social media. >> that can be both good on bad, and here with some social media highlights is abc's kenneth moton. >> good morning. yes, other than us, social media is the place to go as we find out how matthew's impacting the east coast. nearly 4,000 flights cancelled, and this is the result. take a look that. airports look like ghost towns.
these images from orlando international airport. that place is typically busy at all hours people going to the theme parks, but no one there this morning as you can see. also on twitter, celebrities, actress reese witherspoon tweeted my prayers go out to all those affected by hurricane matthew. praying for safety. rapper singer nicki minaj also sent out all of my everyone being affected by this storm. and josh groban saying hang in there, floridans. we're all saying that this morning. but this one here, i'm filing this under bizarre hurricane news. this week vanilla ice was booted off with "dancing with the stars" as you saw here on abc, and now he's not only hunkering down this south florida during the storm. he's having something of a rap battle with florida democrats on twitter. the ice man tweeted out he's riding out the storm from his
updates for his followers. the florida democratic party responded warning people to stop, collaborate and listen. listen to local officials, not vanilla ice and get out of the evacuation zones. i might have taken a little creative liberty. now that vanilla ice is off the dance floor, he has some time on his hands. he's been live tweeting as matthew turns north. the 90s r likely have a lot of work after the storm. he's the host of "vanilla ice project" focused on renovating home in the palm beach area. >> it's kind of sad, the democrat party of florida needs to tell people not to listen to vanilla ice. you would think that's a given. you don't take a storm advice from vanilla ice. >> it's not vanilla rain. it's ice. >> how far he's fallen. a rap battle with a political party. >> we're making light of it, but it is a serious situation.
breaking news this morning on "worl breaking news this morning on "world news now," hurricane matthew looms over florida. >> it's actually here, and it's a monster. >> the governor's dire warning telling residents this storm will kill you. hundreds of thousands now evacuated, choosing to ride it out, bracing for what could be a once in a lifetime storm for those in its direct path. >> millions more across the >> millions more across the country feeling the effect as thousands of flights are cancelled with more expected for today. as roads begin to close, train service in some regions also suspended. we'll have details. and as the anxiety rises, the supply dwindles. empty stores forcing residents to take drastic measures and buy basic necessities like water on the black market and some forced to pay $6 for a gallon of gas. we have all the angles of coverage hurricane matthew on
from abc news, this is "world news now." good friday morning, everybody. i'm kendis gibson. it's a busy friday morning. we want to welcome back, mara, of course. >> it's good to be here. i'm in for diane macedo. we're talking about, of course, hurricane matthew, breaking news and developing information overnight. it's being called a monster. hurricane matthew and potentially catastrophic winds of 130 miles per hour baring down on florida's atlantic coast. >> winds combined with heavy rains causing frightening moments, sparking fires, power's knocked out for at least 95,000 homes and businesses in florida, a number expected to rise overnight. >> on the radar here, you can see where the storm is right now. matthew's eye has been skimming the florida coast for hours with where it's done so much damage and it will ride up the coast
>> it is just a huge storm, and we begin coverage right now with lauren lyster in the hurricane zone where the wind and rain are already picking up. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, florida already feeling the impact of hurricane matthew as it barrels towards the coast. those the winds, 130 miles per hour for the category 4 hurricane. you can see the winds picking up here now, but it is expecting to get so much worse as people here hunker down to weather this storm. matthew headed straight for florida, the brutal rain and winds growing as the hurricane charges towards the coast. the weather service says matthew will be devastating, potentially unlike any hurricane in the modern era. florida's governor calling it a monster. >> unfortunately, this is going to kill people. >> reporter: already, it has. matthew taking the lives of more
through haiti. the death toll there skyrocketing as flood waters recede. in the bahamas, the shore battered by damaging waves, rain and wind ripping through the vegetation, and the vacations of 3,000 tourists unable to escape. with the hurricane then headed for florida, residents thursday filling up the final sandbags, stores are boarded up, and their shelves bare. a fight to get fuel. gas station yesterday. yeah, it looked -- actually throwing punches. >> reporter: 1.5 million people ordered to evacuate, jamming the roads, but not flying. time lapsed radar showing the normally busy florida skies clearing out as nearly 4,000 flights cancelled over the next two days. and major concern here now, the storm surge. along the coast where i am, it's expected to be six to ten feet
that behind me could rise and flooding is a real concern for residents here. you can see the water is already rising. that is a dock behind me, just an hour or so ago, i was standing out on it, and now it is completely submerged, and hours before that, it was a few feet above the water. you can see that this storm is already taking a toll on the area, kendis, mara. >> coming in as high tide is in high gear there in new s where you are. that said, lauren, did you get a sense, driving in there, that a lot of people heeded warnings about evacuating? >> reporter: you know, i know we hear reports of people that haven't, but i have it tell you that my experience out here has been that people are taking this very seriously, really coming here from orlando, which is further inland, and there, the markets were full of people stocking up on supplies. we couldn't find water because it was sold out and the store clerk said that was the case for
people clearly preparing. restaurants were all closing down at 2 on o'clock p.m. saying, you know, the storm is expected to approach and we really just want to play it safe. and then we got out here to new smyrna, which is a small town vibe, residents here were walking around and many evacuated from other areas where they were ordered to leave, weathering the storms with friends here which have not been ordered to evacuate. so the people we talked to were taking this quite seriously. >> lauren, that area h seen a storm of this potential strength in over a decade. as you go about and talk to people, what are you hearing? are people afraid? hopeful that maybe it'll move and dodge a direct hit? what are you hearing from the people you are speaking with? >> reporter: the folks i've spoken to are not freaking out. they are not concerned to some insane degree, but they have a lot of caution. you know, coming to me, asking me as a news person, what have i heard, what updates do
people are concerned about the storm surge and flooding. so i'm not seeing people panic where i am. you know, in other areas that are taking a more direct hit sooner, perhaps they are. but here, people are just weathering the storm and with cautionus optimism, not super concerned, but not taking it lightly. >> talk about a hundred thousand people roughly in florida without power at this point, you're in an inlet there off the coast, but have you got a sense whether or not that area has gone without some we >> reporter: i can tell you that we are operating on a generator, and we have been taking hits to the power for hours now with it going out intermittently. absolutely feeling that right now. right now, we're good. it's late and the area around me has lights, so we have not lost power, but, absolutely, you know, as you mentioned, thousands of people already have, and concern is as many as 3 million people would be without power as the storm hits, so that's absolutely one of the
power lines, seeing footage of the power lines going down and look and sounds like fireworks. that's the fireworks the storm is bringing at this point, leaving people without power and with a threat. you know, the governor yesterday night mentioning that people really need to stay away from the standing water and away from power lines. >> yeah. the governor calling it a monster of a storm trying to warn people. lauren lyster live in the hurricane zone, lauren, thank you. >> one of the things lauren mentioned is the power going out. i mean, it moves much beyond this storm. dealing with the affects of this weeks and weeks and moments to come, so a big long road ahead for a lot of folks. >> also, as we mentioned at the top of the show, it's not just
thousands of flights that have been cancelled across the country, so it's a nationwide impact and will impact tomorrow, ft. lauderdale, international airport took the extremely rare step of completely shutting down for the first time since hurricane katrina in 2005 and not reopening until later this morning. miami and palm beach international plan to remain open, but commercial flights have temporarily come to a stop. >> and for those traveling by train, amtrak suspended service in the southeast and cruise ships rerouted to avoid the storm. among the other concerns for those in the storm zone is the possibility of price gouging. inflated prices in a time of great need. >> can you believe it? there are some defenses in place to protect against gouging. joining us with the details, kenneth moten. good morning. >> kendis, good morning. reports coming in that gouging is is in effect. is we know that florida, georgia, south carolina, and participants of north carolina are under states of e emergency, meaning
are in effect. the essentials are key for those trying to evacuate or ride out the storm. food, water, gas, hotel rooms and attorneys general in those southeast states promised investigations and to those complaints that this is overcharging people during this emergency. in florida, there are hundreds of reports pouring in like gas stations raising prices by as much as $1 and bottled water, a hot lines open across the state, and business owners warned they could be hit with a fine or 30 days in jail for hiking up the price, and, ben, the laws are in effect for at least 15 days, mara, kendis, the states want to make sure people are not taken advantage of in this time of need. >> supplies people just don't need for the storm, but they'll need them for days and weeks to come until aide gets in the area, if it's going to take the can can can hit predicted. >> which is why laws are in
the aftermath of the storm. >> thank you. we'll check in throughout the show. can when we come back, more breaking news coverage of hurricane matthew. >> we'll head to the storm zone ask speak with the sheriff of one florida county urging everyone to take cover. and remember to follow us on social media throughout the morning as we continue our storm coverage. you're watching "world news now." is try mucinex 12-hour. only mucinex has a unique bi-layer tablet. the white layer releases immediately. mucinex is absorbed 60 percent faster than store brands. while the blue extended release layer lasts a full 12 hours.
here's the latest satellite here's the latest satellite view of hurricane matthew as it is spinning off the coast of florida there. it is a monster storm. it is one the national weather service down there in florida is calling extremely dangerous and it is dumping several inches of rain all along the coastline there. millions of people in florida, georgia, and south carolina have obeyed calls to leave their homes and head inland. the exodus left behind thousands of boarded up homes and businesses. millions throughout the southeastern u.s. keep a close eye on matthew's path. >> accuweather's justin povick joins us with a look at what we can expect over the next few hours. justin, good morning. >> kendis, mara, thanks. we're tracking a major hurricane. this is a powerful hurricane, very, very serious situation out there bearing down on the treasure coast, eventually sliding north to the space coast and cape canaveral later on this morning where winds are topping
notice the warnings stretching northbound into portions of georgia and more so we're tracking the eye off the coast, but notice an intense band beginning to move forwards the shoreline. within the band, winds of 80, 90, perhaps 100 miles per hour. some of the strongest of the winds along the shoreline here later on tonight and also into friday, but potentially, over 100 miles per hour, and eventually bending north towards daytona in extremely heavy rainfall, as well. we are conce flooding all the way north into the carolinas into the weekend. that path takes matthew to the northwest, bending north, and eventually out to sea later this weekend and then back to the south. >> all right. justin pavick of accuweather center, thank you very much for that. now, despite the massive evacuations, the deadly storm is putting millions in jeopardy. >> i spoke on the phone with the sheriff, william snyder, and asked about conditions he was experiencing firsthand.
conditions, just 70 to 75 miles per hour winds. the storm wobbled just a little bit to the east and took us off that bad track. we'll get heavy wind gusts, trees down, and such, but not near as bad as i thought. it's gusting good, but right now, we have the power, it's out, it's dark. we have trees down. i have crews out, my own deputies have chainsaws and they're cutting to trees down and trying to keep the roads clear. but if somebody moves around tonight, they could easily slam into one of those trees. it will blow all night. >> we've been driving around all night. what sort of damage are you seeing? >> we're seeing downed trees. we're seeing some small outbuildings that have been damaged.
we have any structural damages. we've had significant tidal surge and the water is right up -- it's over into the parking lots where our boats normally go in. so we're just now start to go hit high tide. if it gets much worse than that, we'll have some substantial flooding. >> i noticed some of the video that you posted from jenson beach causeway. it seemed as the if the water was really coming up over that area. was that the start of high tide or what? >> yeah. what you saw there, the high tide was starting to come in. we were working on a good squall at that point, and the water pushed up over the sea wall into the parking lot. it's a dangerous situation. this night is not over. we understand that there are some pretty substantially high wind feeder bands still looking to affect us, but we've been very fortunate tonight.
worse. >> it's amazing, though, that you're out in it and feeling the hurricane force winds and realizing how much of a bullet you guys dodged. >> oh, my lord, yes. we had two big hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. they are powerful. they are dangerous. people that did not heed our warnings to evacuate put themselves and my deputies in a lot of danger. >> that, indeed. but he's saying that a lot of people gambled and at this point, he believes they won that gamble, but it's not one that he likes that people take. >> the problem is, if it gets too bad, then you can't leave. so you don't want to wait until it's to late. and we see the conditions already and the storm has not ended yet. >> winds at least category 1 force wind there, 75 miles per hour. stay with us as we have continuing coverage of hurricane matthew. next up, ginger zee explains the most dangerous part of a hurricane.
bringing strong winds and torrential rain, but while those effects are deadly, more die from the storm surge that accompanies hurricanes. >> abc news chief meteorologist ginger zee explains what it is and why is it so dangerous. >> storm surge is water piling up along the shore ahead of and inside the hurricane. in the center of the hurricane as pressure falls, water levels rise. all the water piling up while it's still over the open ocean water. as the hurricane closes in on land, the strong winds push that water toward the coast. it has nowhere left to go but up
20 feet. say you're inside a home at the coast, this is what it looks like. the water approaching quickly and viciously. entering your home and climbing up the walls. in sandy, homes filled with water quickly reaching eight to nine feet inside the house. when storm surge combines with high tide, the rapidly rising water can be devastating. some may think it's the high winds, but storm surge is actually the greatest threat to life and prort hurricane. >> you know, such an important perspective because things can go wrong so quickly which is why officials urge people to get out while you can. >> yes. we make a big deal about the wind and understandable, but one of the things that many officials in florida reminded people is that you hide from the wind and run from the storm surge because that's the killer there. coming up, latest on the
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taking a look at satellite images of hurricane matthew churning off the coast of florida. right thou, it's estimated to be about 125 miles southeast of cape canaveral, florida. we're learning about states of emergency declared, north carolina just declared a state of emergency. that's for the entire state, a more than 100 counties there. they are now joining florida, georgia, and south carolina in declaring a state of emergency in anticipating of the storm. of course, as i mentioned, florida, one of the states declaring a state of emergency, and they are expected to be one of the hardest hit by this storm. take a look now at what some of our colleagues at the west palm boech beach station have been experiencing as they prepare to cover the storm tonight. >> we're in jupiter, and we ran across this. this is one of the reasons why emergency officials warning everyone to stay off the
this is at the corner of u.s. 1 and indian town road. thankfully the lights are still on so we saw the tree. if the lights were off, i don't know what could have happened. >> those rain bands you're talked without, we are in them right now. we are on jupiter beach road, this is the same area where so many -- right now, sorry, the wind is picking up on the mike. but what i wanted to show you was take a look, the rain that's start to go gather is being pushed by the winds in one direction. >> we're feeling those feeder bands, still feeling the rain, the wind, the gusts. it's all happening here, but luckily not as bad as we probably will not get as much danger in this participant of palm beach coupe as originally anticipated. >> covering the storms is such an important job, but dangerous for those out there, outside in
>> absolutely. you covered sandy. >> i covered sandy standing on a beach. and i can tell you it is intense. you have a lot of respect for mother nature when you're out there in the elements. and you do realize how dangerous it is from so many difficult avenues. one of the big things i was afraid was was flying debris, which is a concern for people as well. it's a source of injuries. >> absolutely, winds whipping up there in west palm beach, winds whipping up at 75 miles per hour at a minimum. it is a dangerous situation for many of thes is part of one of the things that we do is try to find a hotel balcony that has a little bit of covering and a little bit of space to block you from the winds so you can still cover it and see the conditions, but not get injured. but, of course, important parts are so many people who are riding out these storms in their homes. >> yeah. we want everybody to heed the warnings. that is the news for this half hour. >> continues coverage of
breaking news this morning on "world news now", hurricane matthew bearing down on florida's east coast. the dangerous storm set to cause catastrophic destruction. the highly concentrated hurricane set to bring with it a massive of potentially deadly storm surge. further up the east coast, cities and states bracing for impact. more evacuations underway for communities hoping for the best, but officials rn the worst. >> on a lighter note, you know the storm is bad apparently when waffle house closed their doors. the 24-hour restaurant chain is famous for staying open even in the most severe weather. we have the latest on what fema dubbed the waffle house index. it's a real thing. it's friday, october 7th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now."
i'm mra schiavocampo in for diane macedo. >> and i'm kendis gibson, we start with breaking news in florida. florida is in the bull's eye right now of hurricane matthew. it is barrelling in, threatening to trigger catastrophic flooding. >> that killer storm whipping up winds of 130 miles per hour, its powerful outer bands pounding the southeastern coast overnight and millions under evacuation orders bracing for up to 15 inches of rain and a storm surge as high as 11 feet. power lines exploding, and 100, electricity. >> and that situation, no doubt, will get worse in the overnight hours. i want to show you what the radar is looking like right now with matthew spinning off the coast, sending powerful rain bands all the way across the state. this storm is huge. 300 miles width. we'll get the latest now from abc's byron pitts. >> reporter: hurricane matthew,
winds up to 130 miles per hour. >> unfortunately, this is going to kill people. >> reporter: 3 million people urged to evacuate, clogging major highways up and down the coast for miles. preparations for matthew's arrival going on for days. abc neps news's geo benit the ez is in the storm's path in west palm beach. >> we reached a safe location, but don't get me wrong, we are feeling powerful winds and rain because we're w area, but we hope not to be near the eye wall, that's going to be so dangerous when it comes ashore, if it does. that's what people need to stay away from. some 2.5 million people are expected to be without power. >> reporter: so far power lines going down along the coast. temperatures of thousands already without power. hurricane matthew is expected to continue up the coast, impacting
hitting charleston, south carolina. matthew has already torn a vicious path in the caribbean, devastating haiti where over a hundred people killed and thousands of homes destroyed. the destruction there still being tallied as the monster storm tore roof off houses, sending debris flying, and causing flooding. the impact zone on lockdown. close to 4,000 flights cancelled. even disney world closing down in orlando for on the only the fourth time in history until the storm is over later friday. byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> it's important to keep in mind how destructive the storm has been. the death toll in haiti steadily increasing. our hearts go out to them. >> absolutely. it's been more than a decade since a major storm like this hit florida. >> let's get the projected path of the storm. we turn to accuweather's justin povick. justin. >> kendis, mara, thanks, good morning to you as well. matthew remains very dangerous
the north and northwest, and notice how it's starting to parallel the florida coastline. right at the treasure coast where we are starting to see the wind gusting upwards of 65, even 70 miles per hour, so we're on the brink of hurricane force wind gusts, and we'll see them here in the next couple hours. hurricane warnings stretching up the coastline, but impacts felt here over the inland areas as well. here's the latest. we're tracking the eye, but notice the outer eye wall, two eye, one further out. and it's this band right here that has winds potentially 80 to 90 miles per hour now rolling toward the coastline. as this moves north, we're concerned of wind speeds upwards of 100 miles per hour, perhaps daytona beach and extremely heavy flooding rains, as well. kendis, mara back to you. >> justin, thank you. you talked about haiti moments ago, and it will be a while before we know the human toll
maybe weeks there. >> thursday night haitian officials put the number of dead at 283. the number is expected to rise once reports come in from isolated areas. u.n. peacekeepers are in southwest haiti where most of the dead have been found and crews are helping with food and clean water. back in the u.s., residents of the carolinas and virginia are preparing for matthew's arrival. getting away from the coast. hundreds of thousands of people hit the roads and headed inland. >> people as far as north as virginia hope they'll be spared the storm's current track has it heading further out into the atlantic after passing south carolina, but let's turn now to one of the city's in the hurricane zone. >> abc's lauren lyster is in new smyrna beach, florida. she has an update on conditions there. lauren, how are are things looking now where you are? >> reporter: mara, the wind is picking up, maybe you can hear
submerged. as i told you earlier, it was -- i was standing out there a few hours ago, and now it is completely underwater, and hours before that, it was well above the water, and storm surge is really one of the big concerns here along the coast of florida where i am, it's expected to be six to ten feet or more. residents here and many other places very fearful that means dangerous flooding for their homes. an update on the hurri we just learned what was a category 4 storm has now been downgraded to a category 3, but that still means winds of up to 120 miles per hour. extremely dangerous. the storm is called life threatening, a monster by the governor, and it is getting dangerously close to the coast of florida, barrelling this direction, that eye of the storm, just taunting coastal cities here as we experience the impact of matthew. >> lauren, that's very good news about the storm being downgraded. but, between, as you still note, it's an extremely powerful storm. what are you seeing in terms of evacuations and how people are
>> reporter: well, in florida, about 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate. there have been reports of people staying put to weather the the storm when they've been told to leave, but my experience landing in orlando, being here, traveling to the coast, that people took it seriously. at the supermarkets, people stocked up on food, stocking up on water which was sold out, making sure they had supplies they needed to stay indoors, restaurants shut down earlier yesterday afternoon at 2:00 knowing that storm was approaching, and they had been told to hunker down. here along the coast, this area has not been ordered to evacuate, but just past this waterway and closer to the coast and the beach, that area has been evacuated. and plenty of those residents are here. and i spoke to yesterday and they were getting ready to weather the storm and leave their property to the mercy of matthew and they were being safer.
not necessarily the storm surge, but, in essence, how much that water's rising in those areas since you've been there. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. so the storm surge, these waterways are connected to the ocean, so storm surge and concerns of tidal surge are absolutely an issue here. i should be clear about that. the high tides, of course, compounds the situation, and, yeah, we have seen this waterway behind us rise in just a short period of time going from some something that is totally submerged. and that's -- the residents i spoke to here, that's the big concern is what is that going to mean for flooding. >> definitely a concern that many people there are worry about. we're not going to get the true sense until daylight hours. it is a nighttime storm. abc's lauren lyster live from the hurricane zone in florida.. lauren, thank you. team coverage continues of hurricane matthew.
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>> and in other parts of that state, we are seeing rain and high winds. the effect matthew's having across the hurricane zone is tremendous with the storm force something extremely rare closures. >> unusual ones. abc's kenth moton is following that angle. joining us now with that, kenneth, good morning. >> good morning. yes, we reported this is a mop monster of a storm, but you know it's bad when certain big businesses close up shop. one of those, disney world, the theme park known for bei 365 days a year closed yesterday evening as only the fourth time ever the park shut down. each time was due to hurricanes. the park will reopen later today. disney is the parent company of abc news and walt disney world. also in florida, the space coast and its kennedy space center is closed for business and tours. nasa built large structures years ago to protect its precious space equipment and damage, but there are concerns
a $1.2 billion satellite housed at the space center ahead of a november launch. ironically, it's revolutionizing weather forecasting. you know the storm is bad when waffle houses put up those closed signs. >> what? >> i don't even know if i've ever seen a closed sign on a waffle house. can get a waffle and greasy hash browns and smothered and covered in grits for kendis. it is known for being open during the worst of storms. restaurants up and down i-95, especially in florida, are closed. it's so rare for waffle house to shut down, fema uses any closures of the restaurant as an unofficial indicator of just how bad conditions are. it's called the waffle house index. >> it sounds like a joke, but we're not making fun. this is a real thing. >> i'm from the south.
open at all times. i have friends who work there and they're open rain, sleet, snow, they're open. >> they ended up having to go to home depot just to buy letters for closed. >> they don't know how to put those letters up. >> i jest, but those are one of the things any time, any sort of disaster or any sort of weather situation, people can rely on the waffle house. and his wife, fema, kind of takes it sear >> they do. fema, the federal folks on the ground there, they go there for food, and so they know that if the waffle house is closed, they are in trouble. >> so it sounds like kind of we're making a joke, but it really is a serious thing. >> yeah. all right. >> thanks, guys. >> appreciate it. when we come back, one of the guys who knows this hurricane matthew best. >> yeah. we're going to have a chat with the national hurricane center straight ahead. we'll be right back. "world news now" continues after this from our abc
so now the question is, what can we expect from matthew in the hours and definitely days to come? >> joining us now with some answers is hurricane specialist john kenjalosi. he's at the national hurricane center. john, good morning. >> good morning. >> so we just heard from a correspondent in the field that the storm hats weakened a bit. what can you tell us about the strength of the storm? >> caller: it's weakened a
that's the message. winds impressive at 120 miles per hour, and the system now is getting very close to the coastline of east central florida, about due east of the beach for the time being. >> still, as a category 3 storm, it's still a powerful storm, a monster of a storm. i believe it's as wide as 300 miles across, so it can cover a lot of space damage. >> absolutely. and more important than its size is its actual track. i mean, many systems -- and that's the tricky part. many systems move into a coastline and weaken. matthew's not doing that. rather, it's riding the coastline, moving and affecting a lot of real estate along florida's east coast and then points north from there during the next few days. >> well, when you talk about the tract of the storm, storms can be unpredictable. is there a chance this storm could move in a way that does
a direct hit? >> it could. right now, the center of the system's about 50 miles offshore within which is really not very far. but at the time, it's actually moving parallel to the coastline. so there is a chance that the core of the system, or the center, may stay just offshore and that could be very significant because the strongest winds are confined to an area relatively close to the center in a region we call the eye wall. so it's very critical, at least for the wind purposes and wind damage is if that center actually comes to short or not. it it will or not, but for the time being, it's inching closer to the coast and we are seeing the winds pick up along florida's east coast and they are gusting hurricane force this morning. >> this is one of the weirdest tracks i've seen for a hurricane. i don't know if we have the graphic that shows the forecast for it, but, john, you've been covering these since 2009 there at the national hurricane
if it's going to do another loop, a loop-de-loop you would say and circle back inland. what are you guys thinking? >> caller: true. the projected track is quite anomalous. what's causing that is in this case, in matthew, it's moving northward now around a large scale ridge, but it's not capture by a cold front or trough so it's allowed to linger and loop back and very much back in the same position that it is now in five or six days. that unusual, but not unprecedented. we have had other systems do those loops, but, yes, it's not the normal or typical track you see for the tropical systems. >> and assuming it stays on the track it's on now, you know, some parts of florida already seeing bad weather. how long can people in the affected areas expect to see high winds and heavy rain until things clear up and look towards
community? >> caller: well, things are clearing out for southeast florida. the worst is over there. for central florida, they'll continue throughout the morning hours, and then start to improve later on in the day, and then for the northeast portion of the state, the conditions will be at their worst late this afternoon and through the evening hours, so thewi from south to north, and some of the severe conditions will last several hours. remember when we talk about hurricanes, it comes with a package of hazards. it's not just about the winds, which, again, is critical to see if the eye comes ashore or not, but what we have more confidence in is the heavy rains, widespread areas of 6 to 12 inches on florida's east coast, and then the storm surge, which is usually the deadliest hazard where we expect seven to 11 feet. >> john, we thank you for the perspective, sorry to interrupt you, we are going to break, but the national hurricane center, thank you for the great information. we'll continue to this powerful
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good morning. good morning. i'm mara schiavacampo in for diane macedo. >> i'm kendis gibson following breaking news on "world news now" this morning. seaside cities feeling triple digit winds and heavy rains. we are live in the hurricane zone. people in the georgia and carolinas prepare for the storm and evacuating coastal areas. matthew is expected to hug those states o veering out the to sea. overnight, the governor of north carolina declaring a state of emergency in all 100 counties. >> the airlines, amtrak and even greyhound canceled trips into and out of the hurricane zone for today. that could cause shortages and affect travel in other parts of the country through the weekend. because of the sform, both candidates canceled events, closed offices and moved staff to safety in the critical swing state of florida and holding back on ads tweeting out words
zone. those are the top stories on this friday, october 7th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> you see that image of the storm, and you really get a sense of how it is barrelling down on florida right now. the outer bands pounding the southeastern coast overnight. millions are under evacuation orders, bracing for up to 15 inches of rain and a storm surge as high at 11 feet. under a hurricane warning. at one point, miami was, as well. as we take this live look at miami beach there breathe ago sigh of relief as matthew missed that city. but so many other places are under a hurricane warning this morning. abc's lauren lyster joins us now from new smyrna beach, florida. >> good morning, mara and
we're feeling the impact with the winds and the rains and the debris is start to go hit me in the takes. tens of thousands are facing power outages in florida and now i can inform you so are we. these lights are from a generator powering our shots. but what you can see is a hotel in front of me and it is guys. meantime, storm surge here is the big concern. it's expected to be six to ten feet from the coast. you can see this is rising. that dock is well under water, which was just a few hours ago a place where i was standsing. and now you can see the sign for black dolphin inn, but only half
flooding this area. >> and you're not that far from the ocean there. i know a lot of people have been told to evacuate. did you get a sense that people evacuated the hurricane zone are you are? >> so where i am, there are not orders of evacuation specifically. this is actually an area where people closer to the beach that weather the storm. if you can brief it, isn't it a great place to weather a storm? but no, to be serious, there have been reports of people choosing not to leave and taking their own risks, protecting their property. but many of the people that i've spoken to did leave and are playing it safe. and if the hordes of people stocking up on groceries and water and even inland in orlando is any indication, people have been taking this very seriously. >> abc's lauren lyster, please stay safe as you continue covering this important story. >> yeah. lauren pointing out there that the power has gone out there in the county that she's in, new
up to 2 million people might be without power before this situation is over with. >> and this is a problem people will be dealing with for weeks to come. >> this is a problem people will be dealing with for weeks and weeks to come still. millions in the southeastern u.s. are watching matthew's path. >> accuweather joining us with a look at what to expect in the next few hours. what are you seeing? >> kendis, mara, thanks, good morning to you as well. good news to pass along with the winds coming down a little bit here, but it's still a major, a category 3. winds up to 120, movement north and west at 14 miles per hour, now roughly 80 miles southeast of cape canaveral where we expect hurricane force wind speeds more so later on this morning. notice the hurricane warnings a ul up and down the coast of florida, more so north and west of palm beach. and intense thunderstorms here
winds could be damaging. we could see speeds of 80 to 100 miles per hour along the 95 corridor, especially out to the immediate shore. heavy rainfall expected, as well. notice the amounts exceeding a foot over the coastal carolinas and the newly revised track takes us off to the north and to sea as a category 3 weakening to a category 2 and then 1 over the weekend. kendis, mara, back to you. >> all right, thanks to justin there at accuweather. earlier, i spoke to the phone to bill johnson, the director of emergency management in palm beach county, florida, and asked him what was going on where he is. >> caller: we're looking at a storm that's about 40 miles offshore right now. we're seeing some rain bands and we're getting heavy rain right now. we have reports of 41,000 people with -- over 41,000 people with power outages across the county, and i have 7500 people in
my emergency information center continues to receive calls throughout the night, so we're still in full emergency response mode. >> what happens for you guys overnight? >> it's going to be a long night, especially for those people without power. and when the winds die down and we're able to get out on the road, we will send out our damage assessment teams and our first responders will be able to get back out and be able to respond to and do their work. we'll be able to have a better picture as to exactly what's going on and see, really, fully what the damages are. >> you said evacuate inland within the county. did you get a sense that a lot of people did that?
people put their shutters up. and i think that's exactly what we wanted to see. so i'm very pleased at the response from our community. >> one of the great things we're hearing from our reporters in the field, from officials like this, is people really are heeding the warnings to evacuate, to get out. and part of that is due to the fact that officials have been so strong about how dangerous this storm is, how important it is to leave. and thankfully, a lot of people are heeding that. >> this is a difficult one for officials. give them a break on this. at one point, you'll recall, the track for the storm had it going all the way up to new york and possibly new england, and it's shifted quite a bit in the last few days, and, in fact, the path to shifting focus to florida really changed just within the last 48 to 72 hours. >> much better to err on the side of caution than not tell people to leave and then they're stuck. once that storm hits, it can be
>> absolutely. it's impacted a lot of people in its path. it's disrupting transportation across the country already, talking about amtrak and greyhound buses and their routes. >> airlines cancelled 1800 flights nationwide. >> just today. >> meaning planes may not be available for trips in other parts of the country. we have more now on that from eva pilgrim. >> reporter: the hurri grinding air travel to a halt in the southeast and causing a ripple effect through the country. >> we get complacent and this is not turning. >> the one day we planned to leave, there's a hurricane. >> reporter: mid morning, ft. lauderdale airport shutting down for the first time since hurricane katrina 11 years ago, a rare move.
out of miami stopped. orlando international away from the coast stopped commercial flights, nearly 4,000 flights cancelled over two days. time lapse radar showing the busy florida skies clearing out. >> our original flight was cancelled. >> reporter: the holbrooke family visiting florida from oklahoma now driving away from the storm and hoping to find another way out. >> we are actually going to clearwater and then driving to the tampa airport tomorrow to fly out. >> reporter: meanwhile in jacksonville, some of the final flights on the east coast of florida taking off. but the ticket counters are postally empty. jacksonville airport officials do not plan to close the airport even if there's no flights to ensure stranded travelers have a place to stay. eva pilgrim, abc news, jacksonville, florida. >> yeah. so between wednesday and saturday, some 3,700 flights canceled so far. and more to come, no doubt. obviously, it's impacting the race for the white house, as well. it's actually forcing both candidates to cancel events and close offices in the critical swing state of florida. >> both candidates are pulling their punches on tv ads until the threat is over tweeting out support to those in the storm zone while they buckle down for their next debate. here is abc each tom llamas. >> reporter: in battleground
donald trump shutting down their campaign offices for once both on the same page. clinton tweeting, i urge everyone to follow emergency instructions and evacuate if you're told to. trump warning, if your home is in the path of the hurricane and you're advised to leave, you need to do so right now. the storm comes with both candidates deep in debate prep. trump screening video of the first showdown. aides wanted to point out his reaction easy under fire >> perpetuated a false claim. . >> it involves going after then online. then you called her miss housekeeping because she was latina. >> reporter: trump being told he doesn't always have to get the last word in. >> donald supported the invasion of iraq. >> wrong. that is absolutely -- >> wrong. >> -- proved over and over
accused clinton of using canned lines. >> mrs. clinton was there trying to get out five zingers rehearsed for a number of days. >> reporter: now working on their own zingers for trump to deliver them, and trump is test driving the town hall format in new hampshire of the his coach, new jersey governor chris christie. trump's opponent, hillary clinton, has more experience fielding questions in town halls. >> what are you going to do about all the bullying? >> can you tell me a little bit more the about why that's on your mind? >> reporter: moments like that, hugging that ltl personal connection with voters. but clinton had a rough outing in a recent tv town hall, deep in debate prep and her team predicts she'll face a less testy trump sunday night. both campaigns with an eye on hurricane matthew. the clinton campaign hoping they change the voter registration deadline in florida because the cutoff is next tuesday. so far, no word if that's going to happen. tom llamas, abc news, new york. we should point out the
louis is now only two days away. >> it's co-moderated by our own abc news colleague martha raddatz at 9:00 p.m. eastern here on abc. >> and monday morning, we're going to have live team coverage of that debate. back to the top story for today, hurricane matthew hammering florida right now, we're going to check in with our gio benitez in the storm zone and see how the governors of south carolina, north carolina and florida are reacting. "world news now" weather
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