Hurricane Matthew: 'Prepare for the worst, hope for the best'

2016-10-04 17:55
A woman protects herself from the rain with plastic after Hurricane Matthew hit Port-au-Prince. (Hector Retamal, AFP)

A woman protects herself from the rain with plastic after Hurricane Matthew hit Port-au-Prince. (Hector Retamal, AFP)

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Port-au-Prince - Governor Rick Scott is urging residents up and down Florida's Interstate 95 corridor to start preparing for "direct impacts" of Hurricane Matthew.

Scott was in the Florida Keys on Tuesday morning for a briefing on the Category 4 storm that is currently moving over the southwestern coast of Haiti. The storm is heading toward Cuba and the southeastern coast of Florida.

The governor warned residents to take the storm seriously, adding "we cannot rule out a direct hit". He said heavy rain, spin off tornadoes, high winds and beach erosion were among the concerns in Florida.

He asked residents to listen for directions from local officials and to "prepare for the worst and hope for the best".

Scott and other officials are urging people to have at least a three-day supply of food, water and medicine on hand. Also, Scott urged people to get fuel in their vehicles and to keep cellphones charged in case of electrical power loss.

Earlier, National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb said Hurricane Matthew would continue to have a devastating impact on Haiti, even after landfall.

Knabb said the storm was about to emerge back over water but, there would still be heavy rainfall that would likely cause flash floods and mudslides, along with strong winds and storm surges.

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