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Carolinas hit by hurricane as Florida cleans up

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>> Hurricane Matthew making landfall, slamming into the Carolina coast Saturday. Rescue crews in Charleston pulling people from the flood waters, rain and storm surges washing out roads in Fayetteville. The hurricane downgraded to a category one, but still packing a massive punch. South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, saying the worst is not yet over.
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>> As you can tell a lot is still going on whether it's wind or rain or having flooding events very similar to like what we had last year. So it's still a very serious situation, and we are not out of the woods.>> Matthew sheared off the coast of Florida on Friday, but despite at least six deaths and loss of power to millions, the damage was less than forecast.
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>> We are all blessed that Matthew stayed off our coast.>> Now thousands of Floridians are trying to return home after obeying a mandatory evacuation order. I'm Zach Goldman from Reuters here on route 206 in Florida. And just down that road is the bridge to Crescent Beach. That and neighboring St. Augustine were two of the hardest hit communities by some of the storm surges and the flooding.
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The National Guard has it closed off because clean up crews are still trying to make sure there's now debris on the road, downed trees, that there is no active power lines and that the power has actually been restored. Over on this side you can see a line of cars, these are residents some of them having been waiting up to seven hours to return home.
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In some cases they don't know what they are going back to. In other cases they already know that the worse is yet.>> Right now, I'm in shock from the pictures we've seen. And I'm just hoping we can salvage some of the stuff. I'm hoping the house is still standing, so we can start rebuilding or whatever we need to do.
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>> We've got a few pictures. I know my house had at least two and a half feet of water in it.>> But for many Floridians whose homes escaped the storm unscathed, their experience of Matthew was one of needless evacuation and frustrating return. And that memory could mean danger next time.
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>> Would you leave next time one of these happens? How lucky do you feel, you know?
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's along those lines of, how lucky do you feel?