>> Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the Florida Coast in what could be the most severe storm to hit the United States since Katrina over a decade ago. Matthew strengthening to a Category 4 Thursday. Packing winds that could reach 150 miles per hour. Shutting down airports, forcing evacuations, and threatening to flood the Kennedy Space Center.
President Obama declaring a state of emergency in Florida authorizing federal aid to the state. Reuters Ben Gruber is in Palm Beach where the tempest could make landfall over night.>> The winds have picked up significantly. There's just a sustained gust of wind and it doesn't seem to be going away any time soon.
The seas are rising, they're very choppy. The streets are pretty much deserted at this point. Whoever had to go to wherever they had to go are already there. You do see police officers. The storm isn't necessarily here yet. The worst of it is gonna come in the hours to come.
So I think we can expect these type of conditions to just worsened as the night goes on.>> Matthew has already pummeled the Caribbean, battering the Bahamas early Thursday. At least 140 people have died, mostly in Haiti. These aerial photos, showing the devastation left behind in the poverty-stricken country in the storm's wake.
Current projections show the eye of the hurricane hugging Florida's coast over the next few days, potentially causing billions of dollars in damage and massive power outages. Governor Rick Scott mobilizing the National Guard and ordering the evacuation of millions.>> if you're in an evacuation zone, get out now.
>> And in Seminole County, just north of Orlando, officials imposing a day-long mandatory curfew starting at 5 AM on Friday.