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of your braces, but you probably could have done it a while ago. that's our rundown of the day's best viral videos. catch us on the next episode of p.m. eastern here on abc. >> monday morning, live team coverage of the debate. back to the top story for today, hurricane matthew hammering florida right now, we're going to check in with the storm zone and see how the governors of south carolina and north carolina and florida are reacting. "world news now" weather brought to you by my pillow.
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making land fall, evacuations all up and down the coast, and officials urges 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. they filed this from palm beach gardens, 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, what officials are trying to keep people away from, talking about 100 miles per hour winds, 120 miles per hour winds. it's 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.
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abc news, palm 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 spoke with him, texting back and forth with each other, and they hunkered down overnight because worried of 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 to be out there on the roads, and part of the reason, the dangerous things you see there, that's one of the biggest concerns for many firms in these hurricane zones. >> losing power, and, of course, debr 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
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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
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water all at once. >> let's all pray for our state and for the people of 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's no excuses. you need to leave. evacuate, e 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 e 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 to evacuate, news stations work overtime to get the word out. >> appealing from one veteran news anchor was so emotional and passion, we wanted to share it with you. it's viral. >> i want to talk to you people
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for a minute, not as tom the newsman. we've been together for 40 years, you and i, it's time to take precautions and protect yourself. this is not going to be like anything we've seen before. think of katrina, 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, air on the side of caution. if you're in an evacuation zone, go west, go north, get out of here. >> a lot of people saying those same words. >> such an passioned plea. >> yes. next, a twitter war.
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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. moving on in today's day in 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. >> 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.
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take a look that. airports look like ghost towns. southwest airlines tweeted 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. minaj sent out love to all in the storm, and josh grobin said, hang in there, floridians. 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, but now not just hunkering down in south florida in the storm, but having a rap battle, guys with florida democrats on twitter. the ice man tweeted out he's riding out the storm from his
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home in palm beach promising updates for his followers. the 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 took creative license. now that he's off the dance floor, he's been live tweeting as matthew turns north. he'll 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 sad the democrat, party of florida, needs to tell people not to listen to vanilla ice? you'd think that was a given. you don't take a storm advice from him. >> it's not vanilla rain. it's ice. >> how far he's fallen. a rap battle with a political party. party. >> it is
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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 ev evacwaited, but many are 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 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 suspe 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
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to pay $6 for a gallon of gas. we have all the angles of coverage hurricane matthew on this friday, october 7th. 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, a lot of breaking news and developing information overnight. it's 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.
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matthew's eye skipping the coast for hours, and it will ride up the coast today. >> 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. he's 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 head ed straight for florida, the brutal rain and winds 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.
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matthew taking the lives of more than 100 people as it swept through haiti. the death toll there skyrock skyrocketing as flood waters recede. in the bahamas, the shore battered by damaging waves, rain and wind ripping 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. >> i saw two guys fighting at a gas station yesterday. yeah, it looked -- actually throwing punches. >> reporter: 1.5 million people ordered to evacuate, jamming 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
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storm surge. where i am, it's expected to be 6-10 feet or more, meaning waterways like that behind me could rise and flooding is a 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 subsubmerged, and hours before that, it was 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 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
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it was sold out and the store clerk said that was the case for days now. people clearly preparing. restaurants closing down at 2:00 p.m. saying, you know, the storm is expected to approach, and we just want to play it safe, and as we got out here to a small town vibe, residents here 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 evacwait, so the people we talked to were taking this quite seriously. >> lauren, that area has not 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
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me as a news person, what updates do i have, and 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 cautious on the 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 power? >> 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 intermittenly. 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
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3 million people would be without power as the storm hits, so that's absolutely one of the big threats in addition to the cause of the power, the downed power lines, seeing fo ining fo the power lines going down and look and sound like fourworks. 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. governor calling it a monster of a storm trying to warn as many 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 the people in florida that are dealing with it, but you have
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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 rare step of completely shutting down for the first time since hurricane katrina in 2005 and not reopening until later this morning. miemgz 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 defenses in place to connect against gouging. joining us with the details, kendis, good morning. >> good morning. reports coming in that gouging is in effect. we know that florida, georgia, south carolina, and participants of north carolina are under states of e emergency, meaning
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price gouging laws, and rules are in effect. there's a key for those riding out thele storm, food, water, ie, gas, hotel rooms, and attorneys general and those southeastern 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 a $1, and battled water, a pack cost more than $10. 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 they are not taken advantage of in the 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
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area, if it's going to take the hit predicted. >> which is why laws are in effect 15 days and aftermath of the storm. >> thank you. we'll check in throughout the show. when we come back, more breaking news coverage of hurricane matthew. >> heading to the storm zone and speak with the sheriff of one florida county urges 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." 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. relieve chest congestion with mucinex, and enjoy living well.
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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 calls extremely dangerous, and it is dumping several inches of rain all along the coastline there. millions of people in florida, georgia, and south carolina 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. >> here's a look at what we can expect over the next few hours, justin, good morning. >> kendis, mara, thanks. tracking a powerful hurricane. this is a major hurricane, very, very serious situation out there bearing down on the treasure coast, eventually sliding north to the space coast and cape
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canaveral later on this morning where winds are topping well above hurricane force. 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 eventsly, bending north towards daytona in extremely heavy rainfall as well. we are concerned about flash 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 week back to the south. >> all right, justin, thank you so much for that. now, despite the massive evacuations, the deadly storm is putting millions in jeopardy. >> i poke on the phone with the sheriff, william snider, and asked about conditions he was
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experiencing firsthand. >> caller: we've had hurricane conditions, just 70 hch 75 miles per hour winds, storm wobbled just a little bit to the east, and took us off of 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 cleared out my own -- cutting trees down, and trying to keep the roads clear, but if they move around tonight, they are could slam into one of the trees. it will blow all night. >> driving around in the conditions overnight, what damage are you seeing? >> caller: downed trees. seeing small outbuildings that
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are been down. you know, it's dark. it's very difficult to tell if we have any structural damages. we've had significant tidal surge and water is right up over into the parking lots where boats normally go in. we're just now starting to hit high tide, and if it's worse than that, we'll have substantial flooding. >> i noticed video you posted from the causeway, it seemed as if the water was really coming up over that area. >> caller: yeah. >> that high tide at the start or what? >> caller: it was the high tide 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. the night is not over. we understand there are some pretty substantially high wind
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bands still looking to affect us, but we've been fortunate tonight. could have been a lot worse. >> amazing, though, you're in it and feeling the hurricane force winds, and realizing how much a bullet you guys dodged. >> caller: oh, my lord, yes. we had two big hurricanes in 2004 and 2005. they are powerful. they are dangerous. people that do not heed warnings to evacuate put themselves and my deputies into a lot of danger. >> indeed. 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. >> problem is, if it gets too bad, you can't leave so you don't want to wait until it's too late, and we see the conditions already and the storm east not laned yet. >> winds at least category 1 force wind there, 75 miles per hour. stay with us as we have continuing coverage of hurricane
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hurricane matthew is bringing strong winds and torrential rain, but while those effects are deadly, more die from the storm surge that accompanies hurricanes. >> our chief meteorologist 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 as pressures fall, water levels rise, and all water piling up over the open ocean water. as hurricane closes in on land, the strong winds push that water towards the coast. it has nowhere left to go but up
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and inland, sometimes as high as 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 the walls, and in sandy, homes filled with water quickly reaching eight to nine feet inside the house. when this combines with high tide, the rapid rising water is devastating, and some think it's high winds, but storm surge is twael the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. >> such 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 hurricane that's bearing down on the southeast.
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taking a look at satellite images of hurricane matthew turning off the coast of florida right now, estimated to be 125 miles southeast of cape canaveral, learning about states of emergency declared, north carolina declared one for the entire state, all 100 counties, more than 100 counties there, and they are now joining florida, georgia, and south carolina in declaring a state of emergency in anticipation 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 beach station face as they prepare to cover the storm overnight.
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>> we're in jupiter, and we ran across this, why emergency officials warning everyone to stay off the roadways. debris. this is at the corner of u.s. 1 and indian town road. the lights here were 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, the same area where so many -- right now, sorry, the wind is picking up on the mic, but what i wanted to show you was take a look, the rain that's starting to gather is being pushed by the winds in one direction. >> we were feeling those 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
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an important job, but dangerous for those out there, outside in the storm. >> absolutely. you covered sandy. >> standing on a beach, and i can tell you, it's intense. you have a lot of respect for mother nature 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 reporters, which 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 little bit space to block the wintd so you can cover 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
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>> 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 coast, cities and states bracing for impact. more evacuations underway for communities hoping for the best, but officials warning to expect the worst. >> on a lighter note, 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."
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>> good morning. i'm in for diane macedo. >> first, 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 e evacuation orders bracing for up to 15 inches of rain and a storm surge as high as 11 feet. power lines exploding, and 100,000 people have already lost electricity. >> and that situation, no doubt, will get worse in the overnight hours. i want to show how what the radar is looking like right now with matthew spinning off the coast, accepting 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,
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a demon in the dark, barrelling into florida's atlantic coast. 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 news 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 in west palm beach 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 jacksonville, georgia, before hitting charleston, south carolina.
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matthew tore 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, 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. justin? >> kendis, mara, thanks, good morning to you as well.
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matthew remains very dangerous and powerful movement here to 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 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 walls here, one close to the eye, another further out, and it's this band here with winds of 80 to 90 miles per hour now rolling towards the coastline, and as it moves north, we're concerned of winds upward of 100 miles per hour, perhaps daytona beach, and extremely heavy flooding rains as well. kendis, mara back to you. >> you talked about haiti moments ago, and it will be awhile before we know the human
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toll from the hurricane for days, 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 haiti where most of the dead have been found, and crews are helping with food and clean water. back in the u.s., residentings of the carolinas and florida prepare. 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 lister is in florida with an update on conditions there, lauren, how are things looking now where you are? >> reporter: mara, the wind is picking up, maybe you can hear
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it howling, and that dock behind me is 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 hurricane. we just learned what was a category 4 storm has now been downgraded to a category 3, but that means winds 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. >> that's good news about the downgrade, but as you noted, it's an extremely powerful storm. what are you seeing in terms of
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e evacuations and how people heed the warnings? >> reporter: well, in florida, 1.5 million people were ordered to evacuate, and there have. reports that people stayed put to weather the storm when they've been told to leave, but my experience landing in orlando, being there, 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. ordered to evacuate, but just past this waterway and closer to the coast and the beach, that area has been evacuated, and plenty of the residents are here, and e i spoke to yesterday, and they were ready to weather the storm and lay their property to the mercy of matthew, and they were being safer.
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>> and, lauren, you are getting a firsthand look at what the -- 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 somewhere where i could stand to something totally submerged, and that's -- the residents i spoke to, that's the concern. what's it 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. lauren lyster in the hurricane zone, thank you. team coverage continues of hurricane matthew. florida's economy is taking a hit. next, the rare closures ahead of
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we are seeing rain and high windsment the effect matthew's having across the hurricane zone is tremendous with the storm forcing some extremely rare closures. >> unusual ones. we are 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 being open 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 flord, the space coast, and it's kennedy space center closed for business and tours. nasa built large structures years ago to protect the precious space equipment from damage, but there's concerns about matthew's powerful winds. a $1.2 billion satellite housed
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at the space center ahead of a november launch. ironically, it's revolutionizing forecasting. you know the storm is bad when waffle house's put up a close sign. >> what? >> i don't know that i saw a closed sign on a waffle house. the 24-hour restaurant where you can get a waffle and greasy hash browns and smothered and covered in grits for kendis, it's 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 indicator called a waffle house index. >> we're not making fun. this is a real thing. >> i'm from the south, i have friends who work there, rain,
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sleet, snow, they are 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, weather situation, people rely on the waffle house, and his wife, fema, takes it seriously. >> they do. for the first responders, for 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. >> sounds like we're making a joke, but it 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. >> a chat with the national hurricane center straight ahead. we'll be right back. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. "world news no
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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 at the national hurricane center, john, good morning. >> caller: good morning. >> so we just heard from a correspondent in the feel the storm weakened a bit. what can you tell us about the strength of the storm? >> caller: it's weakened a little bit, and only a little bit.
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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 covers a lot of space causing a lot of damage. >> caller: absolutely, and, you know, more importantly than its size is its actual track. i mean, many systems, and that's the tricky part, 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 tracks, storms can be unpredictable. is there a chance this storm could move in a way that does not put florida in the direct line and could spare some areas a direct hit?
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>> caller: it could. right now, the center of the system's about 50 miles offshore, which is really not very far, but at the time, it's actually moving parallel to the coastline, so there's a chance the core of the system, or the center, may stay just offshore which could be significant because the strongest winds are confined to an area relatively close to the center in the region called the eye wall, so it's very critical each for the wind purposes and potential wind damage is if that center, or that eye actually comes ashore or not. it's very difficult to say if it will or not, but for the time being, it is 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
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covering these since 2009 there at the national hurricane center, and it almost seems as if it's going to do another lop, a loop-de-loop you would say and circle inlaptd. what are you thinking? >> caller: true. the projected track is 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 recovery and cleaning up the community? >> caller: well, things are clearing out for southeast
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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 they will gradually improve 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, 6-12 inches on florida's east coast, and the storm surge, which is usually the deadliest hazard where we expect 7-11 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.
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making news in america this morning, breaking right now, hurricane matthew marching up florida's coast. >> it's here. it's absolutely here and it is a monster. overnight, pounding rain, 120-mile-per-hour winds. and the power outages spreading. >> this morning our team in the storm zone. >> the storm surge is where i am on the coast of florida, expected to be six to ten feet or more. >> we're still getting that powerful wind and rain. >> a steady stream of people fleeing the coast and grocery store supplies running low. >> i saw two guys fighting at a gas station yesterday. actually throwing punches. >> we're tracking the storm's every move. the assault under way

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