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staying on the breaking news. my partner, craig melvin, down in melbourne, florida. craig. >> stephanie, the mayor of melbourne told me just a few moments ago, they feel like they dodged a bullet here. no loss of life. so far, the damage does not seem to be widespread. all eyes, though, on the bodies of water in and around this city. keeping a very close eye on what could be some major flooding over the next few hours. i'll see you back here at 10:00 a.m. i'll send it back to you for now. >> thank you, my partner, craig melvin. >> i'm going to keep you here because we're focused on this breaking news. hurricane matthew has been pounding the east coast of florida. you can see images happening now. the storm now a category-3, packing winds of 120 miles per hour. >> right now, these conditions, as you can see, are getting much more hairy. >> and the storm surge could be bigger than superstorm sandy's.
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the eye of the storm is just about 50 miles away from daytona beach, as we speak, set to pummel the coast until saturday night. the president signing emergency declarations for three states. >> starting to see them pacts, and it's a monster. >> across florida, the power is out. more than 500,000 people in the dark. at least one woman has died after suffering a heart attack. millions of people have been evacuated, but some have stayed out to ride the storm. >> i'm asking you, i'm begging you, you probably need to evacuate. >> matthew now a storm of historic proportions, and it is only getting started. as we watch hurricane matthew slam into the florida coast, we're waiting for two briefings. florida governor rick scott, and north carolina governor pat mccrory. they're both expected to speak any minute from now, but i want to take you first toditenville,
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florida. gadi schwartz joining me via phone. tit titusville, about an hour south of daytona. sort of at the edge, the edge of the eyewall of the storm. give us an update. >> yeah, stephanie. right now, we're actually on the edge of titusville. we crossed the bridge, across the intercoastal waterway, to see if we could check on possibly nasa's facilities over here, the kennedy space center, but then there's that concern about some possible storm surge. i'm not sure if you can see that picture, but there's a lot of water, and the water appears to be rising a little bit, and the island is fairly low lying. we're probably not going to risk it. we're going to head back into the area that we were just in, the area that we know is a little higher up. we're going to come over this bridge here. we have been in this area, surveying the damage. we have seen a little bit of
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destruction. we have seen a truck that was completely crushed by a large tree. we have also seen out in the intercoastal waterway, a couple of sailboats. one of the sailboats had sunk. the other sailboat seemed to be up on its mooring. we're going to come across the sailboats in a little bit here. we have a front-facing camera on the car. not sure if you can follow along. but the winds have really been picking up. at some point, a false sense of security because the winds die down and you think everything is okay. and then all of a sudden, they'll pick up and they feel like they're, you know, 50, 60-mile-per-hour winds, extremely dangerous. we're in a very large suv and it's shaking that suv. so it's something to bear in mind. going to see if we can focus in on this -- these sailboats down here. these are the sailboats that look like they may have been
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lost. there's one sailboat rocking. if we can just slow down a little bit. one sailboat right there that's rocking back and forth. then over to the right, it's hard to see through all this rain, but there's a sailboat down there that appears to have sunk, and the only think that's sticking out is the mast from the water. so you know, that sailboat most likely going to be a total loss there. this, what we're entering right now is going to be the town proper. and at this point, it looks like so many places around here, basically a ghost town. you have very few people out. you've got what appears to be a little bit of flooding on the sides of the road. water coming up from some of that storm surge earlier. we have seen the tide come up, and then we saw overnight, we saw the tide drop back down. so right now, none of this flooding has reached any of the
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businesses or the homes in titusville. but there are some sandbags out and people have been boarding up for quite some time. there aren't many people out. we'll take a left over here on main street. there aren't many people out and about there. mostly hunkered down and many of them have evacuated this area, actually, let's go forward a little bit. you might want to be really careful because it looks like there's a stop sign that is just blowing in the wind there. not sure if you see it up ahead, but yeah, that stop light is just dangling. let's take a left behind this. this fire truck. and you'll see these buildings completely boarded up. but yeah, this is the scene right now. in this community, just like so many communities. everybody is still hunkered down as the storm passes over. back to you. >> our own gadi schwartz. that area followed the
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instructions, the urging of florida governor rick scott to evacuate, to hunker down, and be safe. i want to take you now to jacksonville, florida. gabe gutierrez joins us there. give us an update. >> hi, there. good morning. well, as you can see behind me, there's still power here in jacksonville. we have only seen about one or two cars along this bridge every few minutes. that means that thankfully a lot of people have heeded the warning and not been out on the roads. we see these clouds really swirling pretty quickly now, as we start to see more intense winds and rain over the last few hours. we have been seeing those intermittent rain bands and a little wind kicking up now. this is st. john's river right here. we expect the storm surge to really kick up over the next few hours, really in the early afternoon. that's when we expect to see the 80-mile-per-hour winds. as we have been hearing, the major concern for this area is that potentially deadly storm surge, up to 11 feet expected here. the local authorities, the mayor ordered the evacuation of
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450,000 people just east of the intercoastal waterway as well. some of the evacuation zones, they had water and sewers shut off to protect the integrity of the systems. we're bracing for the impact of the storm. this is a storm that is so strong, this area has not seen something like this since the 1800s. 1898 is the last time they saw this type of storm. the concern, again, is that storm surge, even if it stays offshore, and even if the wind damage isn't as bad as was expected here, and again, as those communities further in south florida and miami and ft. lauderdale and west palm, even though they dodged a bullet, even if they miss the wind damage, we myth still get the storm surge up to 11 feet is expected. the mayor and local officials, emergency management authorities here are urging people to stay indoors at this point. hunker down, and again, expecting the more severe parts of the storm in the early afternoon to the mid-afternoon. that's when we expect winds to kick up around 80 miles per hour
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or so. i'm going to send it back to you. again, getting intermittent rain bands at this point. >> thanks, gabe. let's bring back bill karins, nbc meteorologist who has been tracking this storm for us for the last 24 hours. bill, give us an update. >> the update is we're so precariously close to the daytona beach, oak hill area, new smyrna beach. the outer eyewall went over the top of cape canaveral this morning, a couple hours ago. that's where we had 102-mile-per-hour wind gusts. that's the potengs sxl hot we feared yesterday would be over the top of all land areas. the path a little further off the coast than what was expected by about 20 miles. that's a small windo, but because of the way the coastline is orientated, it made a world of difference. doesn't mean we're done today. this still has a chance to be a historic or at least major hurricane with impacts in northern florida all the way through the coastal areas. here's the current radar. we have to closely watch the eye here. here's our live tracking radar. this is where the strongest winds are, out here in the open
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water. that's where you're going to get gusts up to 130, 140-mile-per-hour gusts potentially. right along the immediate coast here is where we still could get some of the gusts in the 90 to about 110-mile-per-hour range. and this is what we need to closely watch during the day today. this is the daytona beach area here. you're now down to 19 miles from the worst of those winds. it is going to be very close call if this actually makes it into the daytona beach area or if it remains about 10 miles just offshore. the titusville area where we're getting reports of damage, i just saw on social media, i just retweeted a picture of a house that lost its roof in the titusville area. you can see that there, and i'll clear that and go in closer. there's a lot of small communities. we get the space coast in here. the space coast kind of ends here. that's the military area. the first population centers are oak hill. oak hill, if there's any really significant damage done to any populated area, it would be right in here.
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they're only six mimes away from the hurricane gusts that could be as strong as 80 to 100 miles per hour. the new smyrna beach area are only about 11 miles from the intense, intense winds. people in this area probably don't have power anyways now. they have seen gusts 60 to 70 miles per hour. and the storm surge should now be coming in pretty fast to the daytona beach area. this is the closest pruch you're going to have with the wind off the water. once it's parallel to you, it will begin to reverse and kick back off the coast. these predictions haven't changed. i hope they come down. i'm praying they come down because this would still be devastation from the coastline from hilton head down through savannah, brunswick, amelia island, the jacksonville beach area, and everywhere in between. that's the concern, and the other thing over the weekend, i'll quickly show you this, we still have predictions here of rainfall in the pink of 10 inches with isolated totals up to 15 inches. we'll worry about flooding, especially tomorrow.
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>> all right, thanks, bill. i want to take you an hour and a half south of daytona beach to cocoa beach where kerry sanders is standing by. just a few minutes ago, you were outside. i couldn't even hear you because the wind were so strong. you're in a car right now. tell us what you're doing. >> well, we're on the move. we're on interstate 95. i think the biggest surprise was in satellite beach that there was not the storm surge that was predicted. several reasons for that, bottom line is it's low tide, even though the water was well up, and we had wind coming from the shore blowing out to sea, and storm surge is not strictly the storm coming ashore. it's the wind pushing it. so that conspired, quite frankly, to give good news to folks in satellite beach, and maybe even in cape canaveral. we're on the move now on 95 north. you can see as we're looking out the front of the vehicle, it's raining. the road is obviously empty. every once in a while, we get a good gust. we're in a big suv, and even the
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suv can feel that gust. the real concern is that people are fooled into believing because there was no storm surge to the south that they won't see it to the north. there are several reasons why it will happen, according to the experts. i spoke to the national hurricane center. it may simply be as simple to say as the geography of the fate because it kind of up in the northern part of the state around jacksonville, it kind of cuts a little bit out to the east. so you have just the land mass coming out to the east as the storm is moving to the northwest, and so those two things conspire to bring a storm surge. and it's around 1:00, 1:30 today we'll have a high tide. that also will cause more build-up of water. anybody who thinks they saw a lack of a storm surge to the south and that they're in the clear, that would be an incorrect assumption. the authorities are out today, just getting off the barrier islands. there were several spots where the police had set up what looked like road blocks with their lights going, but they're not road blocks.
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what they're doing is looking for downed power lines and sitting in front of the power lines because nobody knows whether there's active power in the lines, and of course, that's incredibly dangerous. one of the biggest problems after a hurricane passes through sl the dangers the people don't quite understand. and many people over the years have stepped or been two close to electrical power lines and dodged. the few people who are starting to go out south of the storm, they understand it still can be very dangerous. stephanie. >> very dangerous. kerry sanders joining us. tracking things down in cocoa beach. when we come back, we're going to take you to the heart of the storm, covering hurricane matthew as it pounds the florida coast. you're watching msnbc live. stay with us. >> rain is really coming down right now. it's coming -- it's coming. rain is blowing sideways, and the wind is really thickening up. i'm here in bristol, virginia.
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you are watching msnbc live. looking at trees down and some minor but some debris in west palm beach, florida. west palm, ft. lauderdale, miami. while there is some minor damage there, the storm did not hit as hard as many were anticipating. but it is not over. we're expecting hurricane matthew to continue until saturday night. i want to take you now to cocoa, florida, where msnbc's mariana is standing by. give us an update. >> hey, steph. we were in orlando, and we just started driving east to cocoa. you can see some of the damage behind me. this hotel sign basically broke because of the winds of this
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hurricane. just driving here, we also saw a lot of signs just completely ripped apart. a lot of people are hunkered down, and this motel to my right, folks from cape canaveral in particular who evacuated here. you can see there's little kids. this is kahlea. where are you from? >> houston, texas. >> houston, texas. how long have you been here for? >> since friday. >> are you okay? are you scared? well, some other folks, amy, you had to evacuate here from cape canaveral. do you know how your home is, how your neighbors are? >> i heard from a few by facebook that the winds are pretty bad right now. the storm surge is coming in. i know there's roofs, trees, but i think everyone feared, i think we're very, very lucky that this thing did a jog. otherwise, it would have been a whole lot worse. >> stephanie, i want to show you, in this motel where people are hunkered down, this door, it just kind of snapped, and now people are more exposed to the
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weather conditions. people here -- >> mariana, we have to -- mariana, i have to interrupt you because governor rick scott is giving a briefing. >> while the eye has not made direct landfall, it still has time to make a direct hit and as we have seen, it has wobbled. we're very concerned about storm surge. the worst effects are still likely to come. if you remember, the jacksonville area has a low-lying area, especially nassau county. we're very focused on jacksonville. the potential for significant flooding there. damage assessments are just coming in from south florida. they will continue as the storm passes each county. i have been reaching out to people in each county as it passes. official wildlife has 90 officers performing search and rescue operations and another 70 on standby. as the storm passes, we're sending them in to do
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assessments. both property and people. we do the same thing after her mine. they have not reported any is e issues yet. highway patrol has 150 troopers on public safety patrol right now and another 100 on standby. they have not reported any issues yet. we have over 145 shelters open. we have over 22,000 people in our shelters. i checked all night, and we don't have any major traffic or road issues at this time. we have been checking, and that's one thing i think that worked with our evacuation so far, we kept our roads open. all major roads, interstates in florida, are open. in miami and west palm, where the storm has already passed, department of transportation is out investigating the roads and there are no issues to report at this time. all toll suspensions remain in
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effect. tolls will remain suspended for at least 24 hours after the storm passes each county. we denied mdx's request to reinstate tolls this morning. department of transportation will continue to review this on a county by county basis. some individual gas stations are reporting shortages. fuel shortages. but these stations are quickly being refueled. and fuel is ready -- is readily available across the state. we don't have fuel issues. the current fuel supply in the state is at least five days. if that's even if all the ports are temporarily closed. so right now, we have plenty of fuel in the state. about 600,000 homes are without power. the number is going to fluctuate. but some utility companies have told me they're already restoring power in miami and palm beach counties. about half the power is out in martin county. about a third in stt lo. lucie
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county. as of now, florida power and light has restored about 27% of their outages which was about 580,000. right now, they have about 500,000 homes without power. look, we're only halfway through. we're going to have more outages. more outages are going to come. i'll be speaking with the utility companies this morning to talk about plans to start restoring power. it's really important that we get power restored as quickly as we can. last time i directed them to set up housing for utility crews across the state skrusz to make sure as we get all these individuals in that we can get them housed and they can get to work. don't have to worry about where they're staying. we already have camp in northeast florida up and running which can house over 100,000 utility workers and their trucks. we have three other locations being prepared should they need it. we're going to do everything we can to make sure the utility
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companies get power back on as quickly as possible. these resources will be available to any utility. let's remember this. power saves lives. we want everybody to get their power back as quickly as possible. damage assessments are just coming in in areas where the storm has passed. the u.s. army corps of engineers are currently conducting their assessments of lake okeechobee. the water management district is still holding water north to prevent more water from going into the lake. this morning, the national guard will conduct assessments in south florida. once they complete any recovery missions, they will join the troops deployed ipcentral and north florida. so what's going to happen is as we saw problems in the south, we'll keep moving all these assets up north. we won't be sending them home. our goal is to keep solving problems. i have spoken to quite a few people this morning. the martin county sheriff said all roads will be cleared in martin county of any obstruction within two hours.
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their emergency management director says they have no major issues. palm beach sheriff, no reported issues at this time. i spoke to the palm beach mayor and she reports no issues. st. lucie sheriff, reopening beaches and have no major road closures. their emergency management director says no major issues and evacuations were very effective. that's what i heard from a lot of people. evacuations worked. indian river sheriff, they're focused on power outages, clearing beaches and bridges and no structural damage. the brevard sheriff said they're just getting out, it's not completely out of brevard and he's starting to assess the damage. said they have a lot of power outages. i made the following request to the federal government. food, water, tarps. generators, water pumps, search and rescue teams, hazmat assessment teams, cots, blankets. food distribution vehicles, helicopters. at this time, they're supporting all of our requests.
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if our local communities need more resources, we will continue to make requests to fema. we have also received offers of support from many states, oregon, alabama, texas, massachusetts, indiana, california, oklahoma, louisiana, mississippi, and we're very appreciative of their support. let's remember the storm has only passed half of our state. this is not over. text flprepared. one word. flprepares to 888777 for updates from the state emergency response team. flprepares is one word. if you have a smartphone, please enable it to in your settings to receive emergency messages. the national hurricane center will be pushing life saving messages out during the storm. you'll hear a loud noise. it's loud. do not ignore them. they could save your life. now, everybody needs to remember, we focus very much on being prepared before the storm hit. and we still have the storm
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hitting us, but don't touch downed power lines. don't get close to downed power lines. >> florida governor rick scott giving a briefing this morning, reminding that we're only halfway through the hurricane while southern florida has missed much of the damage they were concerned about. half the state is still facing the storm. storms that could be coming through saturday night. jacksonville, he brought up, could still face significant flooding. he's very concerned about a storm surge. there are 145 shelters open with over 100,000 people staying there. all major roads are open. there are no fuel outages in the state of florida thus far. but the governor is reminding florida residents, this isn't over. it is still a very serious storm, as we discuss hurricane matthew, a category 3. we'll take a quick break. please stay with us.
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we're covering hurricane matthew, a transformer explosion that took place overnight, and governor rick scott just speaking, giving a briefing. an update on the hurricane, where he said there are no fatalities he is aware of to report. i want to give you a quick look at what has happened overnight into this morning. very late last night, the east coast started feeling it in a big way. this right here is a video of daytona beach. a city of 61,000, boarded up, bracing for the storm. by 1:00 a.m., tropical storm force winds, gusts up to 60 miles per hour were over veero breach and stronger elsewhere. >> we have seen wind gusts over 70 miles per hour. >> you can hear the pelting rain, by 2:00, hurricane matthew was downgraded from a monster category 4 to a category 3. still packing 120-mile-per-hour
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winds as it moved past titusville. >> right now, these conditions, as you can see, are getting much more -- much more hairy, so we're going to fall back a little bit. >> these cities were prepared. by 6:00 a.m., the storm was moving up the coast, causing problems as far as 20 miles inland. an hour later, a gust 107 miles per hour was detected at cape canaveral. just north of there, daytona beach, where the worst is yet to come. >> we still could see sustained 100-mile-per-hour winds here for several hours. that's the scary part about this storm. >> let's go live to cocoa, florida. msnbc's mariana joins us again. mariana, the wind there, just a few minutes ago, you were showing us a hotel sign completely ripped apart on the ground. what does it feel like? >> that's right, stephanie. you can see the wind gusts
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behind me. and that noise that you're hearing, that is a generator that this motel has up. you heard governor rick scott, 22,000 people in shelters, 140 shelters made available to people. but some families who we have been speaking to this morning just couldn't make it to a shelter. they're hunkered down in this hotel. that's the case of the gonzalez family. this is grandma. you're from cape canaveral? >> yes. >> you have been here for how long? >> about three, four days. >> are you worried about your home at all? do you know the conditions it's in? >> we don't. we were just riding this out and trying to get by. we were worried about what's going on here, the whole thing. we just want to be safe. >> she wants to be safe, stephanie. and these are her little granddaughters. >> that's my big sister. >> are you scared about the storm? >> no. >> you're not scared? is your little sister scared? >> yep. >> how are you doing? you're good. and this is their aunt. you came to check in on them. >> yes, i did.
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i live here in cocoa, but as soon as i could this morning, i came over here to check on them. >> how was that drive? >> how was what? >> how was the drive from cocoa to here? >> windy. it was windy, and then i saw the sign was down when i got here, so i was like, oerbs, so i got up there as soon as i could. >> i want to show you -- thank you so much, guys. i want to show you the sign again. driving here, we saw signs just completely ripped apart. we sent some photos to you. hopefully you can show them. i want to end on that image right over there. >> all right, thank you. joining us from cocoa. daytona beach, which has had major winds throughout the morning, we're expecting things to only get worse. i want to take you to our own ron mott, who is there. >> well, good morning from daytona beach. we're really starting to get into the thick of this storm as
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hurricane matthew makes its way, the eye of that storm, makes its way toward daytona beach. the forecast is calling for it to remain offshore, which is obviously good news. the further offshore it goes, the better it is for this community. that will lessen the chance we'll see the stronger hurricane force winds swirling around the eye of that storm. the winds obviously can do property damage. that's a given. what is a big concern is the storm surge and the water coming off the ocean because 9 times out of 10 it's going to be the water that may cause a loss of life. now, at 12:45 precisely eastern time, that's the next high tide cycle in this area. we do expect to see some flooding take place. the question is, just how close that eye is because it's going to be right off our shore line here, maybe 40, 50 miles away, and it depends on how strongly those winds are blowing at that hour that will determine the actual storm surge. right now, current projections,
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anywhere from 7 to 11 feet. obvious la, the hope is that we're closer to seven and not toward 11. now, what's going to happen here is this water is going to easily breach some of these seawalls along the ocean front, and start chasing up these access roads that lead to the main north/south drag, atlantic avenue. the concern, of course, all the water inlets that lead to the intercoastal waterway. a lot of property up and down the intercoastal waterway. one minute, the water in folks' backyard will look normal. two minutes later, it's coming into the house. that's a real concern for folks who are hunkered down there. we do know that this was an area that had a mandatory evacuation, but that word mandatory did not mean the same thing to everyone. a lot of people did go to shelters and left the area. a lot of people stayed. so we wish them well, those who stayed. this is going to be an event that will last well into the late afternoon, maybe into the early evening. so big event, and officials are warning folks that once this eye passes the daytona beach area,
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don't assume that it's over. you could start heading out because it's going to last for several more hours after that with hurricane force and tropical storm force winds. that's the latest here in daytona beach. >> floridians should not assume they're in the clear. 12:45 is high tide. expected in daytona and water is on the rise. we're going to take a quick break. you're watching msnbc live. when we return, we're going to continue to track the storm, give you a forecast as we look ahead to hurricane matthew. >> the emergency rooms at the central florida hospitals will remain open through the entire storm. including our state's best level-one trauma center, which is right here at orlando regional medical center. a digi, so you can see our confusion. ge is an industrial company that actually builds world-changing machines. machines that can also communicate digitally. like robots. did you build that robot?
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12:45. expecting things to rise, possibly 7 to 11 feet. the town is activated. things are looking serious. i want to take you now to oursa. here's on the move. just a few minutes ago, he was in cocoa beach. now in mims. give us an update. it appears we have lost kerry. right now, as i said, i'm going to take you, though, to rick knabb at the national hurricane center. you have been with me for the last 24 hours, warning floridians, but the governor of florida said things aren't over, even if you live in south florida, don't move. 500,000 people without power. we're in a serious state. >> yes. the weather is just beginning to get worse in northeastern florida. the winds of tropical force recently arriving, and we're being told by local officials that they're getting the word out to tell people to stay
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indoors and that's good advice, not just to protect yourself from the strong winds, but you don't want to be out on the roads when the strong bands are coming through, heavy rains, and again, water is what kills most people in tropical cyclones. inland flooding and storm surge. but the weather is going to start going downhill in georgia and south carolina, and with the time remaining before that happens, if you have been told to evacuate and the local officials say you have time to go, go now. the storm surge could take your life, even if the center of circulation stays just offshore. >> so the map we're looking at right now, we're looking at northeast florida. how dangerous, for those who haven't been hit yet, we were looking at daytona beach, high tide at 12:45. what's to expect? >> well, the combination of the storm pushing the ocean toward the coastline on the northern side of the circulation along with the high tide, those things can combine to cause the flooding along the coastline.
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then there's waves on top of that. so obviously, you would be putting your life at risk to be in the ocean or on a boat. but the reason the evacuations have been called is so that people aren't there when the flooding of normally dry ground could occur. in the coastal areas of central and northeastern florida, on the east coast here. but also, it's not just a coastal event. people who are inland in northeastern florida, northern florida, even central florida, look how far down to the south it's still raining heavily in the orlando area. you can expect to see very heavy rains and squally weather for a long time to come, especially if you're on the north side and it's just beginning, because the path is going to follow essentially the shape of the coastline, either right on the coast or just offshore. it's going to be a long duration event. >> what are you most concerned about right now? >> i'm most concerned about the people in georgia and south carolina who are under evacuation instructions that came from both governors and if they still have time to
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evacuate, according to the local officials, i'm concerned that people are seeing the center offshore and thinking, oh, it's missing land. this isn't a big deal. nothing could be further from the truth. we have hurricane warnings in effect for this large stretch of coastline, includes georgia and portions of south carolina. we have our prototype storm surge warning in effect that goes into areas in georgia and south carolina. not just at the immediate beach. you have gault to get out. water kills the most people in u.s. tropical cyclones. it's not all about the wind. and you don't have to be in the center of the hurricane to be in the center of action where the coastal areas will have such dangerous conditions. get out if you're told to evacuate. it could save your life. >> hurricane history wise, a category 3, what does that look like? for anyone saying we have been downgraded from a 4 to a 3. just yesterday when we were looking at nassau in the bahamas. we were at a category-3 status and the winds were whipping.
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major trees had fallen. category 3 is serious. >> it is, and i would urge people not to get too hung up on the category. think about some of the recent events in the u.s. that have been major impacts, even without being a major hurricane. that would include the likes of sandy and ike. we have had major disasters in this country when it's not even been a category 3 or stronger. most of those impacts have been due to water. here we go again with a system that isn't at the top of the wind scale but could be deadly because of the water hazards. >> you mean flooding, storm surge? >> yeah, there are two types of flooding that we're concerned about. again, 9 out of 10 fatalities due to water. half of the fatalities are due to storm surge. the saltwater flooding with the ocean pushed ashore by the winds of the hurricane. there's also the inland flooding caused by the water coming from the sky, the heavy rainfall and that's the most frequent cause of deaths in u.s. tropical cyclones because in almost every
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depression storm or hurricane that affects the u.s., somebody gets in their car and they're on a water-covered roadway, they get into accidents. the inland flooding can take a lot of lives as well. both kinds of water, the saltwater, freshwater, coastal and inland. >> rick knabb from the national hurricane center, thank you, rick. we're going to take a quick break. when we rureturn, we're going t take you to savannah, georgia, where the storm has not yet hit, but people are bracing themselves. picking up for kyle. here you go.
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i'm stephanie ruhle. you're watching msnbc. we're covering hurricane matthew as it makes its way up florida's east coast. i want to take you now to savannah, georgia, where rehema ellis is standing by. savannah, which has not yet been hit, but residents there are preparing themselves. give us an update. >> stephanie, i can tell you that the rain has started to pick up. it was a calm before the storm,
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if you will, just a short while ago. i want you to look over my shoulder. that's the bridge, over across the way, it leads into marshland. it's low land. this bridge, while there are cars going over it now, this bridge is going to be shut down by noon today. and also, let me have my cameraman pan down a little bit. you see the american flag right on the edge of the savannah river. we're about eight stories up above it. this is high ground. this has been declared a state of emergency in this area by the president. and the governor of georgia has ordered mandatory evacuation for six counties here in georgia. along the coast. that's affecting about 500,000 people. and that's east of i-95. it's a voluntary evacuation west of i-95. here in the city of savannah, the mayor says everyone who can get out should get out because he says if you stay, you stay at your own peril. if you get in trouble and call
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911, there will not be anyone to come and help you. emergency and first responders are leaving. they're evacuating the city as of noon today. so the height of the storm is expected to reach at at about ey morning saturday and not only have high winds, strong winds and rain but could also lead to serious flooding. but it would be a bad time for anyone who remains. stephanie? >> thank you, rahayma ellis. when we come back, some of the fiercest action that took place overnight. hurricane matthew ripping its way up florida's east coast. >> reporter: you can hear it. it's loud out here. we're getting pummelled. the safest thing you can do is stay inside. s to places like... this... this... or this. today, there's a new option. introducing drug-free aleve direct therapy.
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you're watching msnbc. i'm stephanie ruhle. as we cover the impact of
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hurricane matthew making its way up the coast of florida, i want to share with you some video taken overnight. our own gadi schwartz from titusville, florida. when the storm first passed other. check it out. you can hear the impact the storm pelting down as it hit the area. >> reporter: here in tye vitusv, you can see the wind picking up and debris on the roads. we're not going to go any further just because we've seen blowing off and very, very heavy right now. it's hard to see but over here, there's some different boats battered by this storm. and just down the road, there is a mobile home park. down this road, there is a senior citizens home that has been evacuated about 100 senior citizens taken to, we believe,
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orlando. but right now, these conditions, as you can see, are getting much more hairy. so we're going to fall back a little bit. we'll have an update in just a bit. >> all right. that's an update from gahdi overnight showing us titusville, florida. from about 1:00 to 2:00 a.m. right now we're watching as the storm makes its way up north. 600,000 people without power in the state of florida. governor rick scott is saying, remember, only half the state has seen this storm. it continues to rage on. stay safe. if you are in your home, be calm. my name is barbara and i make dog chow natural.
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relieved the storm didn't hit as badly as anticipated but remember, this storm didn't just begin. it has been with us for the last few days hitting places like cuba, bahamas, haiti throughout the caribbean. haiti reported almost 300 people have died, 300,000 still without water, food, or shelter. this storm is serious. we're continuing to cover it all morning long. i'm stephanie ruhle. stay with us. my partner craig melvin joins us from melbourne, florida. >> stephanie, thank you. msnbc's live coverage of hurricane matthew continues now. i am craig melvin. still here in melbourne, florida, where you can see the rain continues, the winds have died down considerably. matthew weakened slightly through a category three hurricane but it's still packing a powerful punch as it pummels florida's east coast with 120 miles per hour in some areas. a few moments ago, we heard from florida governor rick scott. >> while the eye has not made
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direct landfall, still time to make a direct hit. >> a major concern right now. storm surge. we're due to get an update from the national hurricane center in roughly an hour. forecasters warning about that devastating storm surge. extreme winds, warning of heavy rains as well. >> storm surge prediction anywhere from 7 to 11 feet could be catastrophic. >> during the brunt of this storm, it wasn't just the winds that were violent but the rain came from different directions. >> rains whipping around and fortunately, whoa. >> wow. >> power outages continue to rise by the hour. you saw a transformer blow there and there's another one nearly 600,000 homes and businesses without power right now. more than half a million homes are without power. hu


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