CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Hurricane Matthew’s howling wind and driving rain pummeled Florida early Friday, starting what’s expected to be a ruinous, dayslong battering of the Southeast coast.
The strongest winds of 120 mph have been just offshore, but Matthew’s wrath is still menacing more than 500 miles of coastline.
Two million people were warned to flee inland as the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade charged toward Florida. Matthew left more than 280 dead in its wake across the Caribbean.
The number of homes and businesses without power has jumped by the hour as the storm edges closer to the coast. More than 270,000 are in the dark this morning.