rricane Matthew closing in on the United States late on Thursday, leaving a rising death toll in its wake. More than 300 people in Haiti have died in the extreme weather. Winds of a 140 miles per hour then going on to pound the Bahamas, lining up for a direct hit on the Florida coast.
Curfews are in place Thursday night, after President Obama declared a state of emergency. Roader Zack Goulman had this report earlier in the day.>> This is what preparation for Hurricane Matthew looks like along the Atlantic coast. We're driving South from Jacksonville to Orlando, and deserted gas stations like this are what you see along the highway.
This one's been boarded up the provider tells me since two PM today. And we're looking for somewhere to get gas.>> Matthew is the first major hurricane threatening a direct hit on the US in over a decade. Wind speed are dropping but it's likely to remain a category 4 on a scale of 5, as it tears across Florida on Friday.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has been urging people to evacuate.>> Our number one priority is protecting every life in this state. I think about my grandchildren, my daughters, my son-in-law, my wife, I want everybody to survive this. We can rebuild homes, we can rebuild businesses, I just think of my own family, we can't rebuilt a life.
>> Scott has deployed thousands of national guard to help deal what he's calling a monster of a hurricane. Authorities warned the biggest danger to life is a potentially huge storm surge which they say could reach a 11 feet high sweeping along the coast to wash away everything in its path.
Officials say Matthew looks set to be the worst storm to hit the area in over a century.