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Shelter From Hurricane Matthew or Face 'Immense Human Suffering'

Hurricane conditions could descend upon Florida as early as Thursday evening.
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Since mowing over Hispaniola this week Hurricane Matthew’s path has become more clear, and it seems likely to graze the east coast of Florida before moving toward Georgia and South Carolina. Whether it will make landfall or not is still unknown—damages will be greater if it does—but hurricane conditions are expected to descend on Florida Thursday evening, and forecasters are absolutely not messing around stressing the danger of the storm.

Here’s last night’s bulletin on threats from strong winds from the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, which along with much of the central/north coast of Florida is facing gusts up to 125 mph and more than 5 feet of storm surge. It’s long but deserves to be quoted extensively: