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point, they won't be able to. >> all right, al, you paint a vivid and scary picture, thank you. as we mentioned, some two million people have been urged to evacuate ahead of market matthew's impact. residents are fleeing the comfort of home for the safety of shelters or hotels. ron mott is up the coastline in daytona beach with more on the mad dash to get out of harm's way. >> reporter: moving out, heading in. for denise and thous neighbors, finding shelter from the storm was priority one today. >> i've never been through a hurricane. so this is all new. >> reporter: schools like this one, turned into safe havens for more than a million displaced floridians. >> i've had ten million calls from my son, so i'm really trying to get settled somewhere, so he knows that i'm safe. >> reporter: the mass exodus, perhaps the biggest evacuation in the state's history. city buses scrapped normal routes to transport people from the danger zones. long gas lines for those rolling out on their own.
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people afraid to lose their house. afraid to lose their cars. >> reporter: people from as far north as south carolina, chronicling the journey ahead on social media. bare necessities bagged and boxed up for whatever may come. michelle is backing up to leave her flagler beach home tonight. >> i'm packing like i'm not coming back. i have my jewelry. we have cash. we are taking as much food as we can. >> reporter: usually bustling areas resem bleling ghost towns today the mayor of daytona beach going door to door. >> i'm here to encourage and implore you to evacuate. >> the most important thing is making sure the people who are going to be affected by the storm, that they know what to do, before the storm comes. and what we're saying they should do is leave. >> reporter: matthew is forecast to leave upwards of two days. the uncertainty of it all, only adding to the nervousness.
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happened to my trailer, if it's still there. or where i go from here. >> reporter: a possible silver lining ahead of the storm tonight, we did not see a lot of vehicular traffic in this area today. perhaps that's a sign that people listened and got out yesterday. as for shelters, the one we visited today filled up quickly, in a matter of hours. they had to turn people away. but we're told there are shelters open tonight. >> yeah, ron, we saw a lot of cars going westbound when we were so people are getting out. as millions heed the calls and get out of dodge there, there are some coastal residents who are refusing to leave, despite the dire warnings about the catastrophe to come. the growing frustration of authorities over those who don't evacuate, we go to nettles island, florida. >> reporter: nettles
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mandatory evacuation zone, but 73-year-old bill meed is staying put. some say that's a death wish? >> no, it's just a decision i made. >> reporter: he left in 2004 when hurricanes francis and jean destroyed his neighborhood. this time he plans to watch news reports from his barolounger until he loses electricity. >> i think hil be perfectly safe right here. >> evacuate, evacuate, evacuate. >> reporter: 5 million people are under mandatory evacuation orders. businesses boarded up, many families headed out. yet not everyone leaves. people ignoring orders and pleas. >> and i am not kidding. i cannot overstate the danger of this storm. >> reporter: les caruso is staying to protect his prize harley that he will wheel into his home a block from the beach.
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still refuse to leave. >> and i'm asking you, i'm begging you, you probably need to evacuate, and you need to do it now. >> reporter: dave howler lives a three-minute bike ride from the beach. his family evacuated. he wants to stay behind to protect his home. >> worst case scenario you'll retreat to the pantry with concrete walls, but do you think it's selfish to stay behind? >> it may be a little bit selfish, but i need to protect my things. >> reporter: police sa don't understand how real the danger is. tonight officers who themselves have evacuated inland say they don't understand the egos of invincibility among people who think they can ride out a hurricane, some in homes like this, right on the beach. lester? >> all right, thank you. this killer hurricane has shown us what florida could be in for after blasting the bahamas. causing significant damage and massive flooding on the island. now some american tourists are stranded
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vacation. nbc's tammy leitner is there and has more for us. >> reporter: hurricane matthew slamming into the bahamas early this morning, gaining strength from a category 3, to a catastrophic category 4. winds at 140 miles an hour, sheering roofs off houses. an enclosed balcony offering little ot these are more than a hundred miles an hour. there's an enormous tree that has come down on six, seven cars over there. docks ripped apart. boats in nassau harbor lifted straight out of the water. the driving rain flooding streets. officials shutting off power across the island to protect the grid. all flights canceled. vacationers forced to ride out the storm in
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atlantis resort on paradise island, guests took refuge in a conference room, sleeping on mats. >> hi! >> reporter: this california couple, here on their honeymoon. >> we'll make do. >> reporter: tonight, the bahamas still being battered. there are people still trapped in their homes tonight, unable to get out because of flood water. we drove through neighborhood after neighborhood exactly like this. trees down on houses, roads completely washed away. lester? >> tammy leitner, thank you. still ahead as we continue our coverage, what it's like inside a hurricane. feeling the force of those extremely powerful winds. plus what experts feel will be the biggest threat to life as matthew blasts ashore. also troubling reports that some are already using this emergency to hike
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back now from the florida coast as this monster hurricane closes in, it's a combination of water kicked up by devastating winds that has some officials worried, and frankly, if you haven't lived through a hurricane, it's hard to imagine the sheer force of the hurricane winds and their power to move walls of w i can assure you, we won't be standing by this water's edge when it blows ashore. nbc's tom costello shows us what could be in store as the storm hits the coast. >> reporter: they are storms so massive they are seared into our collective memory. 1992, hurricane andrew, 167-mile-per-hour winds. 2005, katrina, 125-mile-per-hour winds at landfall. and hurricane wilma, a
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183-mile-per-hour winds. at the university of maryland wind tunnel, researchers re-create the power behind a hurricane. the goal, to better engineer homes, buildings, power lines, and harbors. so this is about 25 miles per hour. so this would be a pretty good rain and wind storm, but it's about to really pick up. this is now a category 1 storm, 80 miles per hour. we're looking at some damage to unanchored mobile homes. this is now a category 100-mile-per-hour winds. there's no way you could stand in this. this is now a category 3, 115 miles per hour, the wind is pulling my checks and my skin back. -- would be uprooted and -- >> reporter: after only a few minutes at 115 miles per hour,
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enough. >> it's just absolutely exhausting to stand in those kinds of winds. but it's a combination of the wind and water that has the fema chief in washington most concerned tonight. >> of all the things that is the greatest risk of life is storm surgery. why i'm really concerned isn't as much tonight as we go into tomorrow. >> reporter: a lethal mixture now bearing down on the florida coast. tom costello, nbc news, college park, maryland. a telling demonstration. we're b i
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we're back from where hurricane matthew is set to collide with terrifying force. millions here have been scrambling to find safety and supplies for their families. but nbc news national investigative correspondent jeff rossen has uncovered allegations of price gouging in the middle of this emergency. >> reporter: sharde and her young kids forced to leave their florida hotel tonight because they can't afford it. with the storm about to hit, she says the
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the rates by more than triple. >> they're just taking advantage of us. of making extra money because there's a hurricane coming. >> reporter: now with the storm on florida's doorstep, she's scared for her family. >> you don't know where you're going to ride the storm out? >> no, sir. >> you're just going to get into the car with all your stuff and do what? >> i got to look for somewhere else to stay for the night. >> that you can afford? >> yes. >> officials call it price gouging at i worse. i just run the hotel. i don't set the prices. corporate sets the prices. >> it's happening all over florida, not just hotels. horrified people taking to social media using the hash tag, price gouging. nearly $6 a gallon at this gas station. ask this post, a a case of bottled water costing a whopping $30. >> is this illegal? >> absolutely.
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substantially raise prices, whether it's hotel rooms, fuel, commodities, and that's what these bad people are doing, and it's hurting our good citizens in a time of need when they're the most vulnerable. >> reporter: days in, corporate telling us just now that they are deeply troubled by these allegations ask they do not reflect the value of the company. they say it's a franchised hotel, so they don't manage the rates and they are investigating further. by the way, we are happy to report, we haou her family a nice hotel room in tampa for her and her family to ride out the storm safely. >> thank you. turning now to the day's other news. police have released chilling video of a terror suspect's stabbing rampage inside a minnesota mall. the shocking tape shows dahir adan in a security uniform last month, entering a store, and brutally attacking a clerk who gets up and runs away.
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an off-duty police officer. ten people were injured, but only the attacker was killed. isis has claimed responsibility for that rampage. an update tonight on the deadly commuter train crash in hoboken, new jersey. officials say the engineer accelerated in 8 miles an hour, to 21 miles an hour, twice the speed limit in the minute before impact at the station that killed a woman and left dozens of riders injured. police say the engineer moved the idle position and hit the emergency brake. today crews began removing the train from the station as the investigation continues. there's more ahead. when we come back, we'll have more on the path of hurricane
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back now from the storm zone. we want to get an update on the forecast track from weather channel meteorologist jim can tori. he's down the coast in ft. pierce, florida. jim, what's it looking like right now? >> lester, it will take 24 hours for a major hurricane to clear the florida coastline. obviously talking about millions that
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tomorrow, daytona, jacksonville, savannah. water will be a problem all the way up to charleston. they could get over a foot of rain in addition to the storm surge. as in mother nature was not playing a cruel joke, this loops around by tuesday and is no less than 200 miles to my east as a tropical storm and a potential second landfall. lester? >> jim, thanks for the update. that is going to do for us on this thursday night from the florida coast, where it will be a very long night. but the hash tag, pray trending number one on twitter today, a reminder here that people are not facing this alone. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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i talked to my detective captain 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 whipped gusts in some of our mobile home areas, we will have fatalities. >> we dealt with charles, frances, jean, will pa. this is like none of those. >> we can rebuild homes, we can rebuild business, i think of my own family, we can't rebuild a life. >> right now, matthew is having a superstorm sandy storm surge. >> tens of thousands are without
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matthew moves close to the coast. that blamed for nearly 300 deaths in haiti. good morning, everyone. >> at this hour, the eye of hurricane matthew is growing dangerously closer to florida's east coast t. monster storm may have waned to a category 3, but it is still the strongest storm to hit the eastern seaboard in over a decades. officials fearing wpr proportions. thousands have chose on the risk their lives by hunkering down at home. just last night, florida sheriff william schneider gave this grave warning. >> people seem to not getting and are not leaving. i have already checked. i don't say this to be theatrical. you know me. i don't lean to bravado. i asked my captain, do you have
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casualty, because people do not leave, we get 140-mile-per-hour whipped gusts in some of our mobile home facility, we are going to have fatalities. >> it's prompted the close of nasa's kennedy space center and even the happiest place on earth, walt disney world closing its doors for the fourth time in history. right now a state of emergency is in effect under president obama. 3500 national garld active throughout the state. but there is only so much that can be done at this time. over 200 florida residents are without power. it's just the beginning. some areas could get up to 15 inches of rain and deadly storm surges. all this after leaving a trail of death and destruction across the caribbean t. death toll is now at 283 and that's still expected to climb. u.s. officials now hoping against similar devastating
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bonnie schneider. she has been tracking matthew throughout the night. give us an update. how are the conditions of the storm playing out? >> right now, we are watching the storm closely. even as it doesn't make landfall as it rides the periphery of florida. look at that we're getting those strong rain bands into melbourne at this hour. daytona beach you're next. let's look at the coordinates and where it's headed. right now, we will zoom into a category 3 storm him don't take any of this less seriously. it is a category 3 with winds of 120 miles per hour. really for the weekend, not much of a change. it will be an intense storm. eventually a category 1 by saturday. what's interesting ability the track for this storm, it does an unusual loop back around. but this is a few days out. i want to focus on the short term as we watch the storm make its way to the northwest at 12
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forward. storm surge will be a big concern. the wind will pile up the water in so many locations. not much of a concern west of ft. lauderdale. ft. pierce, four to six feet when it comes to storm surge, this is the key. melbourne to savannah, seven feet t. higher number concerns me. particularly here from savannah to brunswick all the way through jacksonville, you have a lot of smaller where the water can pile in. unfortunately, that will be the threat. up with of the biggest threats t. klain coast, up the coast of carolina, four-to-six feet. look at the rainfall total, we are looking at a lot of rain, right around the border of north and south carolina. even into savannah, 15 fchs through sunday. frances, ayman, this will be a big storm even if it doesn't
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nbc's ron mott is there. what's the latest there? >> reporter: well, good morning from a breezy daytona beach, florida tonight. we have endured one band after another of increasingly nasty weather and the worst is yet to come. now, we did get a little good news with the 11:00 eastern update last night, which is forecast to push the eye a little further east once it gets into the daytona beach area. that is good news. >> that usuallyil won't see the strongest winds around the circulation of matthew. the winds still will be strong. we are anticipating upwards of 90, maybe 100 miles sustained for a couple hours at least t. bad news is the eye is going to be a beam daytona beach right around the next high tide. that is expected to occur right around 12:45 p.m. this afternoon. that is when the biggest threat from any storm surge and
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it's the water that typically is responsible for a lot of the deaths we see in these hurricanes. not so much the winds. so that is the hour people will be most alert here in the daytona beach area t. forecast at this hour is for upwards of 11 feet of a storm surge. >> that almost certainly will push water into some of the homes and businesses along atlantic avenue, which runs along north/south here, a block off the beach. inland on the inner coastal waterway, whi of florida. a lot of real estate there. a lot of expensive real estate. so folks hunkered down there might anticipate getting water into their homes, if they have not sandbagged around their homes. we know a lot of lines for people getting sandbags. also officials are telling folks, just because the eye passes doesn't mean the storm is over. this is a pretty large system. so we do anticipate that there will be hurricane force and
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winds that will blow around this area for hours after the eye has passed, possibly into late into tonight and maybe even saturday morning. and one last thing and a lot of folks are not thinking about this and for good reason, because it's a long way off t. first part of next week this storm could possibly reloop around the ocean right off of florida, reenergize and come back and hit some of these same communities that it's hitting today, that would be cruel, just at a t trying to clean up and especially get the power back on. that's very latest here from daytona beach, it will be a long friday, let's send it up to you. >> nbc's ron mott, thank you. >> now, let's go to ft. lauderdale, florida, 11,000 residents are without power. beheard bonnie say there was no storm surge. not like northern florida. let's talk to nbc's blake mccoy. what can you tell us about how

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