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The Latest: Florida governor declares state of emergency

October 03, 2016 - 3:26 PM

MIAMI - The Latest on Hurricane Matthew affecting Florida (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for every Florida county as Hurricane Matthew's path moves closer to the state.

Scott was visiting the state's emergency operations centres along Florida's east coast Monday. He had cancelled Tuesday's Cabinet meeting to make the trip.

An advisory released Monday evening by the National Hurricane Center shows Florida's east coast and the Florida Keys in the storm's potential path.

At 5 p.m., the category 4 hurricane was centred about 225 miles (360 kilometres) south of Port Au Prince, Haiti, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph (220 kph). The storm was moving north at 7 mph (11 kph).

Matthew's centre of will approach southwestern Haiti Monday night, move near eastern Cuba late Tuesday, and move near or over portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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5:15 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew's path is moving closer to Florida.

An advisory released Monday evening by the National Hurricane Center shows Florida's east coast and the Florida Keys in the storm's potential path.

At 5 p.m., the category 4 hurricane was centred about 225 miles (360 kilometres) south of Port Au Prince, Haiti, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph (220 kph). The storm was moving north at 7 mph (11 kph)

Matthew's centre of will approach southwestern Haiti Monday night, move near eastern Cuba late Tuesday, and move near or over portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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12:05 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard is advising boaters to start preparing for Hurricane Matthew.

In news releases sent Monday, the agency also set "port condition whiskey" for ports in southeastern Florida as the hurricane tracks closer to the state.

Officials say that while the ports and facilities currently remain open to all commercial traffic, all oceangoing vessels and barges greater than 500 gross tons "should make plans for departing the port." Vessels seeking to stay in the port should contact the captain at each facility to receive permission to do so.

Pleasure boat owners are advised to seek safe harbour.

In addition, the Coast Guard is warning mariners to heed weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories and to monitor the progress of the storm through local TV, internet and radio.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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