President Obama declares state of emergency as Hurricane Matthew approaches

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT shows strengthening Hurricane Matthew moving westward at 14 MPH across the Caribbean basin. Max sustained winds on Matthew are up to 100 MPH as of 0600 UTC, with some of the outer bands affecting Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Forecast tracks have Matthew continuing to push westward and strengthening for another few days before turning northward. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)
This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT shows strengthening Hurricane Matthew moving westward at 14 MPH across the Caribbean basin. Max sustained winds on Matthew are up to 100 MPH as of 0600 UTC, with some of the outer bands affecting Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Forecast tracks have Matthew continuing to push westward and strengthening for another few days before turning northward. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in the state of Florida and has ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts to Hurricane Matthew.

It’s the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade.

The Category 4 hurricane is approaching with top winds of 140 miles an hour. Two million people across the Southeast have been told to head inland.

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