Hurricane Matthew remains a dangerous and destructive Category 3 storm as it nears the Florida coast

October 7, 2016 8:14 AM

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Hurricane Matthew remains a dangerous and destructive Category 3 storm as it nears the Florida coast

As Hurricane Matthew inched closer to Florida, it was downgraded to a Category 3 storm at 2 a.m. Friday with maximum sustained winds still dangerous at 120 mph. By 4 a.m., the western edge of the hurricane’s eyewall was about 50 miles from Cape Canaveral, according to the National Hurricane Center. Several cities along the east coast were experiencing gusts of more than 70 mph.

The storm continued to dole out strong gusts and heavy rain. The center of the hurricane will rake up the coastline Thursday night through Friday, likely exposing a vast area of real estate to its most destructive force — the dangerous northern eye wall. Matthew will be a potentially historic nightm...

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