Hurricane Matthew pounds Florida with blinding rain, ferocious winds

ORLANDO (WNCT) – Hurricane Matthew pounded south Florida with blinding rain and winds that gusted over 100 miles an hour.

The governor said Matthew remains a serious threat as it moves north.

“It could be the worst part of this is yet to come,” said Gov. Rick Scott.

Hurricane force winds snapped trees and destroyed the side of boat house at a marina in Smyrna. All over the state, debris littered streets. In Jacksonville, huge waves crashed ashore.

Officials are worried Matthew’s storm surge could cause major flooding in low lying areas along the St. Johns River.

“On top of those winds, the storm surge is going to be significant. Ten feet plus waves,” said Gov. Rick Scott.

The governor is expected to tour some of the damage Friday from this widespread and powerful storm.

In South Carolina, the governor pleaded with holdouts to leave.

“There is nothing safe about what is getting ready to happen,” said Gov. Nikki Haley, SC-R.

Officials said more than half a million people are without power in Florida.

The storm has already behind left a path of destruction in Haiti and Cuba, flattening homes, flooding streets and knocking out power. So, far Hurricane Matthew is being blamed for over 250 deaths in the Caribbean.

Stay updated on Matthew’s track, download our First Alert Weather app. You can find out the forecast for your exact location. It’s available for free in the APPLE app store and on Google Play.

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