rricane 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 four 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' Zach Goldman is in Orlando.>> This is what preparation for Hurricane Matthew looks like along the Atlantic Coast, and deserted gas stations like this are what you see along the highway. This one's been boarded up, the proprietor tells me, since 2PM today.
And we're looking around for somewhere to get gas. Matthew has already pummelled 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 the evacuation zone, get out now.>> In Seminole County, just north of Orlando, officials imposing a day-long mandatory curfew, starting at 5AM on Friday.