Thousands without power as Matthew approaches Florida

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Below is an updated time-stamp of news, events and other happenings related to Hurricane Matthew.

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10:49 p.m.
Hurricane Matthew is currently a Category 4 but is expected to weaken to a Category 3 before hitting Florida.
The storm is about 125 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral with 130 mph winds and moving at 13 mph.

Tropical Storm Nicole is now a Category 2 Hurricane.

10:35 p.m.
Hurricane Matthew continues to move towards South Florida, bringing hurricane and tropical storm conditions to most of the state.

9:15 p.m.
A list of the number of power outages in each county, according to FPL:

  • Indian River 2,610
  • Brevard 2,350
  • St. Lucie 6,430
  • Okeechobee 140
  • Martin 9,280
  • Palm Beach 41,570
  • Broward 11,210
  • Miami-Dade 16,400
  • Collier 180
  • Hendry 10
  • Glades 0
  • Lee 1,890
  • Charlotte 210
  • DeSoto 0
  • Sarasota 130
  • Volusia 3,280

9:03 p.m.

Haiti’s death toll rises to 283 people, according to a Haitian Interior Ministry official.

7:56 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center has discontinued the tropical storm watch that had covered most of Southwest Florida since Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are down to 130 mph as of the hurricane center’s¬†8 p.m. advisory, with the storm centered over the western end of Grand Bahama Island and moving northwest at 13 mph.

The tropical storm warning in effect for Chokoloskee eastward has also been discontinued, but Lake Okeechobee remains under a hurricane warning.

A tropical storm watch is still in effect from Englewood northward.


7:53 p.m.

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Southwest Floridians to help their east coast neighbors.

7:48 p.m.

The storm’s impact on Haiti is coming into greater focus.

7:43 p.m.

Friday classes are canceled at Florida SouthWestern State College’s Hendry/Glades Curtis Center, the school announced. However, classes will go on as scheduled at the other FSW campuses.

7:34 p.m.

Lines stretched out into the street as customers waited for gas at stations Thursday in Lee County, and one Cape Coral station sold 800 gallons in 30 minutes.

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