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they also believe that whatever help that they get, that is not going to come to them. so there's a lack of confidence that whatever assistance will arrive, it will not reach them directly. >> that is devastation so close to the united states, although not always that is devastation e to the united states. jacqueline charles reporting from port-au-prince, thank you very much. we're approaching 2:00 a.m. here on our live coverage on the east coast, tracking the progress of hurricane matthew. >> good day to you. 2:00 a.m. on the east coast. hurricane matthew still bearing down on florida with punishing wind and rain that's the story we've been telling all night. this is the strongest storm to hit the united states atlantic coast in over a decade.
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hurricane matthew is officially a category 4 storm and its winds are topping 130 miles per hour. over 2 million people across the southeast are under formal evacuation orders. many thousands have ignored the dire warnings, instead essentially choosing to risk their lives, according to authorities, to hunker down in their own homes. early today, sheriff william schneider gave his residents a grave warning. >> people do not seem to get it and are not leaving. i have already checked, i'm not saying this to be theatrical. y'all know me. i talked to my detective captain earlier today, and i asked him, do you have body bags? are you prepared for mass casualties? because if people do not leave, and we get 140-mile-an-hour wind gusts in some of our mobile home places, we are going to have fatalities. >> do you have body bags? a grim warning there. we can tell you 3500 national guard members have been activated throughout florida. president obama declaring a
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state of emergency across that state, plus south carolina, plus later today, georgia. but there's only so much that can be done for this kind of preparation. over 140,000 florida residents are already without power. this storm clearly having an effect on their lives, and it is, forecasters tell us, the early stages. we could see some areas get up to 15 inches of rain. deadly storm surges expected as high as 11 feet if they hit at high tide. all of this, of course, after there's been a trail of death and destruction across the caribbean. as i was reporting momenting ago, haiti taking the hardest hit, at least 122 people killed according to estimates. u.s. officials, of course, fearing anything like that if hurricane matthew were to come closer to mainland united states. that is the big question we're tracking here in the early morning hours on the east coast. nbc's ron mott has been on the move all night and morning.
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he's in daytona beach, florida now. tell us what you're seeing. >> reporter: hey there, good morning to you. we talked a little while ago about these pop froms that you can see have been bent to the point of breaking. we've lost a couple already now within the last 30 minutes or so. we suspect there will be many more of these coming off and they will become projectiles this this heavy wind. the 11:00 p.m. eastern time update provided a little bit of good news for the daytona beach area, because it pushed the eye of matthew a little further east out over the water and away from the coastline here. we are still anticipating some very strong winds. the problem is, the timing, ari. we're expecting the eye to be around the next high tide, which is about 12:45 eastern time.
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current predictions, 7 to 11 feet. and the coastline here in daytona beach, just above sea level. so that 11 feet, say if we get there, almost surely would mean water getting into some of these businesses and some of the homes, especially over on the intercoastal waterway. there is a mandatory evacuation in effect along the coast, up and down florida from west palm beach north. but that word "mandatory" doesn't mean the same thing to everyone. as we've been reporting all night, a lot of folks have decided to ride it out. they want to be near their property and they want to stay home. power in this area, so far so good. we're still with power. we don't suspect we're going to make it all night with power. so we'll have to see when these winds pick up, we'll see lights flicker. about 100,000 at this hour without power in the state. that number almost surely will grow. the good news again in terms of that eye staying a little
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further east is that is going to reduce the likelihood of getting some of the strongest winds. we won't be on that northeast side, which is the worst side of any hurricane. that is good news. but when this storm, when the eye passes us, that's not the end of this thing. we will expect to see hurricane force and tropical storm force winds going well into the evening, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 at night, if not beyond that. so i hope folks don't get a little complacent and think just because the eye has moved further north that it's good to head out of shelters to start assessing the damage. right now, so far so good. these bands are getting increasingly nasty, and by 7:00, we're expecting these winds to be sustained at 60 miles per hour if not higher. >> ron mott in daytona beach, thank you. bonnie schneider watching the storm from our weather center. can you get us up to speed where hurricane matthew is right now? >> i was just looking at where
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he was located at daytona beach. really as you look towards ft. pierce and melbourne, we're seeing some of the heavier bands come in. we have some reported gusts in the area as high as almost hurricane force. remember, hurricane force winds outside the band extend about 60 miles. so expecting those winds to continue to be strong as we go through. let's go ahead and we can show you that we're looking at the heavy rain bands working through melbourne and daytona beach. notice the bands are also working to spring hill and tampa. so getting rain across the west coast of florida. so we're watching that, as well. it's also interesting to note by the track. so here's the eye of the storm and the center of it where we have those concentric eyewalls i was speaking about earlier. two of them noted by hurricane hunter aircraft. so the storm may weaken a bit, because we are anticipating this
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did complete an eyewall replacement cycle. but we're starting to see some of the inner eye reform. we're getting the heavy rain and wind working through ft. pierce and melbourne and you can see some of the rain working north, as well. so we'll continue to track this storm matthew and show you the most recent track in our next update. >> thank you very much. i'm sure we'll be going back to you. i want to turn to craig melvin who is in melbourne, florida, where things are a little more severe. let's take a listen to craig's report. >> reporter: good morning from downtown melbourne. you can see that the rain has picked up a little bit. it's certainly not what we're expecting in the next few hours. the winds have picked up considerably. and if you look closely, to the left here, you can probably see it. that downed stop light. there's a downed stop light in the street here. that's the first one we've seen.
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also debris starting to accumulate in some of the streets here, as well. one of the problems that we have not seen materialize just yet, power outages. you'll notice that most of these businesses, yes, they're boarded up. sandbags in front of a number of them. but the lights are on. right now, as last check at least, governor rick scott saying more than 100,000 households around the state don't have power. not so in downtown melbourne. you'll also notice -- again, this is main street. this is a major thoroughfare in a city of about 75,000. the streets are empty. most of the folks here heeding the pleas from local officials to get out of town. another news crew there to the right.
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most of the folks we've seen on the streets are either of our ilk or members of law enforcement or emergency services. but melbourne expected to get walloped. wind gusts approaching perhaps triple digits later this morning. also, the rain expected to pick up, as well. but right now, right now, by and large, melbourne, florida is fairly in tact. that's the latest. we'll stay on the scene and continue to update you throughout the morning. >> thanks to craig melvin for that report. here we are, 2:09 a.m. on the east coast and we have some news on this storm. it is good news in the eyes of anyone on that lower eastern seaboard. this hurricane was just moments ago officially downgraded to a category 3, hurricane matthew now a category 3 hurricane. that is a lower level based on the wind speed. that is a scientific measurement here that we get from the
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government scientists who do this work tracking these hurricanes. it is now category 3. that is less severe, that is good news for folks, particularly who are still on the part of the northern florida eastern seaboard that could face, of course, anything as the hurricane moves. one of the big variables that we've been reporting all night is how close it and the storm front gets to the coast itself. but moments ago here, breaking news in the eyes of anyone keeping track of this storm is a category 3 classification. we'll go now to ft. lauderdale with make mccoy. what's happening right now? >> reporter: well, ari, the winds here have died down significantly. as you can see behind me, the power has remained on here in ft. lauderdale all night long. we've been focusing on ft. lauderdale because this is the southern most point on the coast of florida that's been under a hurricane warning. that warning has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning here
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for ft. lauderdale. all of the warnings have been lifted completely for miami-dade. ft. lauderdale and miami-dade the large population areas for south florida. so this is very good news for a lot of people. the mayor spoke saying conditions looked very good. the city is looking to resume normal operations later this morning, and we are hearing the same thing from miami-dade. in fact, we expect both of those major airports to begin reopening in the morning. they say the airport will reopen at 11:00 a.m. and miami-dade, they never officially closed down. we expect flights to resume tomorrow morning, as well. so considering how many people live down here in south florida, this is very, very good news. the storm looks to have spared them as it works its way up the coast. >> we'll take the good news wherever we can. anecdotally, you are one of the driest correspondents i've
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spoken to in our coverage. >> reporter: yeah, the rain has been very spotty in and out here. the wind and rain, since we were just getting the outer bands, was off and on all day and into the night here. that is, in part, if you look at the track of the hurricane, as it was working its way up the coast, it did something kind of funny around ft. lauderdale. it jutted out in a northeast direction, so it stayed about 100 miles offshore as it passed here. so we're only getting the outer bands of this hurricane as it past. >> black mccoy, thank you. and we hope you stay dry obviously as we're getting in little pieces of good news over the course of the early morning hours. we're going to tell you concerns and how they're prepping as msnbc tracks hurricane matthew. >> our number one priority is protecting every life in the
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welcome back to our special coverage. 2:15 a.m. on the east coast. at this hour, we can report hurricane matthew has now just been downgraded to a category 3 storm, although it does continue to batter near the southeast with 70-mile-an-hour winds recorded at vero beach. walt disney world has even closed. we're tracking hurricane matthew and the ups and downs. kell, let's talk about storm surges. >> reporter: absolutely. we're going to see more power going out, even though this storm has been downgraded. they'll shut down the grids to
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preserve the grid to keep it safe. this is the most recent track of the wind speeds. we're seeing strong winds here reach the coast up to 70 miles per hour gusting to almost 100 miles an hour. still very, very dangerous possibility with a storm surge. what you're looking at now would be the effect of a category 1 hurricane. you can see a lot of these areas, even north of jacksonville, which is where this storm is headed, would still get flooded. as we go to a category 2, you can see now water simulated out to be up to six feet above ground, a category 3, which is what this storm is now, keep in mind a very powerful category 3. you could see storm surge over nine feet in some of these areas. still a very serious concern. this is why officials evacuated
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people so far back from that coastline, to keep them out of that very dangerous area. just wanted to heave you with this, ari. we were talking about this last hour. people with power, you won't be charging your phones now, because the power is probably going to go off, and those push notifications will continue throughout the day and tomorrow as well and direct people back to those areas where they can go back and take a look at their homes and hopefully everything is okay. so if you can, in florida right now, if you do have power, this is the time where you want to be charging everything. >> can you show us again the three versus the four? the big news that we have at this early morning hour is the downgrading to a three. it was a four. so you could show us a four and why it is such good news that we're not close to that anymore. >> listen, this is cape
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canaver canaveral. category one, category two, category three. the difference between three and four, the kennedy space center under water. so the difference between a three and four when it comes to the storm surge is remarkable. we're worried about people inland off of the barrier islands, but the fact that this has been downgraded to a category three, that's good news. >> incrementally good given that category 3 is something authorities take very seriously. thank you to cal. for more now, we're going to go to fema. i wonder if you could pick us up on the conversation we were just having. what is the view of a category three and what is the biggest threats that fema would be looking at right now in this situation where you still have a huge weather front that could get closer to the mainland u.s.?
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>> well, i think the most important thing is for people to understand that right now the storm surge is probably the most dangerous thing out there. the category thee and the category four, it has a lot of wind implications. but there's also the storm surge implications. and there still could be localized flooding, and most of the deaths in hurricanes come from drowning, from people driving into flooded areas where they shouldn't. they think their car can make it. and the storm surge is usually what takes the biggest toll on communities. the category three storm is probably not significant enough to give the all-clear anywhere. it oous is great news that it's
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not as powerful as it was. but it still doesn't mean people can go book to their homes and relax and people should heed the warnings of the local authorities. >> you're making the point from the fema perspective the fact that this is not quite as horrific, by no means alleviates the kind of precautions that authorities took precisely anything in this range carries that threat of devastation. we've heard a lot about emergency directives versus disaster directives. can you walk us through what all that means? >> sure. tonight, president obama declared georgia an emergency. it was an emergency declaration. that's different from a disaster declaration. an emergency declaration is a response mechanism. it's to cover the cost of preparing the community and for immediate response. even before it causes any
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damage. for the overtime of the police and fire and all of the work that's been done by the community. you know, communities don't budget for hurricanes. there hasn't been a hurricane for 11 years. so if they had been budgeting every year, they would have been budgeting for nothing. so they don't budget for these big disasters. so when they happen, all of a sudden their coughers are runniru -- coffers are running dry. so the federal government will pay for 75% of all costs. when there's a disaster declaration, that sets loose all kinds of government aide, loans, housing support, furniture, appliances, unemployment assistance, and it also covers infrastructure damage to the communities, which is public
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assistance, the water treatment plants, city property, city buildings. and the president can go up to 100%. it's normally 75%. 25%, it can go up to 90-10, state and federal. the federal government paying the larger share and the state paying the smaller share. the president can declare a disaster after the fact. sometimes these emergency declarations are important because the city would run out of money and wouldn't be able to pay the police and fire. >> you make the interesting point from a budgetary perspective, that because these are relatively infrequent, there's nothing illogical for governments not to budget for
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it. thank you very much for joining our coverage tonight. in a moment, we'll check in with a daytona beach hospital to check in to see how they're preparing for all the fallout. stay with us.
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people are looking at this and probably saying this is nothing. i've been through a hundred of these. the worst is yet to come. yet out if you're -- just get out. we can't save you. power is going to go out. you're going to lose your cell phone and internet. when you realize you're in trouble, you'll say i need it and we can't get there.
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>> the warnings were loud and clear all day, and now over 2 million people are under those orders to evacuate as hurricane matthew bears down on n. a category 3 storm with sustained winds of about 130 miles per hour. nbc's dr. john torres is at halifax medical center joining us live. you were saying earlier you saw some emergency vehicles coming in and you were walking us through why that facility is actually really good when dealing with this kind of emergency. what can you tell us? >> reporter: this facility is prepared for this emergency, particularly hurricanes. they're the one facility that have not evacuated. 1,000 staff members are here, including 45 doctors. they have them in various shifts. let me show you here what we're talking about. we talked about the glass itself.
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it's a category 5 hurricane glass that can withstand 170-mile-per-hour winds. they have a 10,000 gallon water system. so if the water goes out, they have enough water for days and an electrical system that can last up to five days. so they're ready for these things to happen. you can see the staff and nurses behind me. right now, it's calm, a little on the quiet side. but they're ready. as an e.r. doctor, you can go from 0 to 60 in a patter of seconds. what they tell me, they think most injury also come after the hurricane passes, because that's when people go back to their houses, try to take care of trees, and get cut or hurt and come in here. so they're ready for that. up on the higher floors here, it's almost like an army barracks situation. they have staff, doctors,
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nurses, medical staff that are on cots, air mattresses to sleep. on top of that, they brought their family members in here, that way they don't have to be concerned what's happening to their family members and their pets. they have them in a different location, but they can take care of them, as well. so they're taking care of the staff. that way the staff can take care of the patients. ari, one of the doctors told me, he hopes this is the most boring hurricane ever. as an e.r. doctor, i echo his sentiments. but at the same time, prepared for it to be the worst ever. again, this is the hospital to be at if something does happen. >> i want to turn now to bonnie schneider. bonnie, there is good news and bad news. the good news we talked about a little bit, which is while a category 3 is very serious, it's a downgrade. the bad news appears that the eye of the storm is so crucial to the

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