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Wild Wind Gusts in Vero Beach, Florida
Matthew Approaches Melbourne, Florida
THE LATEST as of 6:30 a.m. ET
EXTREME WIND WARNING ISSUED FOR CAPE CANAVERAL AS CAT. 3 HURRICANE MATTHEW COMES CLOSE TO FLORIDA SHORE
Hurricane Matthew is currently 25 miles east of Cape Canaveral, and as of 6 a.m. the western edge of the eye wall is touching land and the edge of the eye is not off the coast anymore.
HURRICANE MATTHEW STARTING TO SHOW SOME WEAKENING
Hurricane Hunters found winds in the eye of the storm only 100 to 110mph.
WHERE IS HURRICANE MATTHEW GOING NEXT?
Hurricane Matthew will continue to move along near the coast of Florida throughout today, bringing tremendous storm surges, flash flooding and wind gusts possibly over 100mph. Late tonight and into Saturday, Matthew will begin to make its way up the coast of Georgia and South Carolina.
NORTH CAROLINA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
Gov. McCrory of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency all North Carolina counties. Surf City and Brunswick County are currently under a voluntary evacuation, while Ocracoke Island is under a mandatory evacuation for visitors. UNC Wilmington will totally evacuate
The western edge of Hurricane Matthew's eye wall continues to brush Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida, according to an advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center at 7 a.m. ET.
ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee is currently seeing wind gusts over 60 mph in Melbourne, Florida, some 20 miles from the eye of Hurricane Matthew.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in Florida confirmed to ABC News that one person died overnight after emergency officials had suspended operations due to the storm and could not get to the individual.
Over 22,000 people are currently in shelters and about 600,000 homes are without power in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said at a press conference this morning.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said at a news conference this morning that Brunswick County is "our greatest concern" due to its low-lying and flood-prone areas. The county already declared a state of emergency, which took effect 6 a.m. ET.
At the press conference this morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned that Hurricane Matthew “still has time to make a direct hit,” but there have been no reports of significant damage thus far.