Maintainance workers try to remove a tree from a road in Nassau, New Providence island in the Bahamas, on October 6, 2016, after the passing of Hurricane Matthew. / AFP / Sloan SMITH
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Florida faced the most dangerous storm in living memory as Hurricane Matthew moved in from the Atlantic Friday, threatening coastal cities with surging tides, torrential rain and 130 mile-an-hour winds.Over the course of the day it could scour its way up a 600-mile (965-kilometer) strip of coast from Boca Raton in Florida to just north of Charleston, South Carolina, driving seawater and heavy rain inland.Evacuation orders were issued for areas covering some three million residents and major cities like Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia lay in the path of the terrible storm.As the first bouts of heavy rain and powerful gusts arrived at seafront resorts presaging the storm beyond, more than 140,000 homes and businesses in Florida had lost power.As of 0500 GMT, the storm was about 50 miles east of Vero Beach -- which is about a third of the way up the peninsula -- and moving northwest at 13 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.South Florida including Miami was thus spared the worst of the storm, after it took a slight turn to the north and east.
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