Two million urged to evacuate as hurricane Matthew approaches US

New Scientist 

Nearly two million people along the US East Coast have been urged to evacuate their homes as hurricane Matthew marches towards Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas packing power the US has not seen in more than a decade. Matthew was a dangerous and life-threatening Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 185 km/h as it pounded the central Bahamas early on Thursday. Forecasters said it is expected to strengthen over the coming day or so into an even more potent Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida's Atlantic coast. At least 16 deaths in the Caribbean have been blamed on the storm. The death toll in Haiti alone was raised to 10 by the country's civil protection agency on Wednesday evening, and the number is expected to rise as more hard-hit rural areas are reached.

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