Most Powerful Storm in a Decade Threatens East Coast, Largest Evacuation Since Sandy

Nearly 2 million people have been urged to evacuate along the East Coast and more than 12 million are under

hurricane

watch or warning, after

Hurricane Matthew

strengthened overnight with winds reaching 125 mph.


The official NHC forecast for Matthew as of 5 pm EDT Wednesday, October 5, 2016.



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The storm is forecast to impact Florida today, possibly as a Category 4 storm. If it makes landfall, it would be the

most powerful storm

since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 to do so, and could cause

as much as $15 billion

in economic disruption.

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This morning, the National Hurricane Center

warned of

“life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast and Georgia coast.”

Matthew has caused

at least 26 deaths

across the Caribbean.

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For a deeper dive:


News

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CNN

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BBC

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USA Today

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Fox News

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Reuters

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New York Times

$,

AP

,

NPR

,

Climate Central

,

Mashable

.


Commentary

:

AP, Seth Borenstein Q&A

;

ThinkProgress, Joe Romm column

;

Forbes, Marshall Shepherd column

;

Grist, Scott Dodd column

;

New York Times, John Schwartz Q&A

$;

Discover Magazine, Tom Yulsman column

;

Pacific Standard, Eric Holthaus op-ed

;

Miami Herald editorial

.


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