Oct 7, 2016 7:03 AM

300k without power as Hurricane Matthew moves up FL coast

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — "This storm's a monster." That's what Florida Gov. Rick Scott is saying about Hurricane Matthew, which has been pounding the Florida coast. Matthew's strongest winds of 120 mph are just offshore, but the Category 3 storm is still strong enough to menace more than 500 miles of coastline. More than 300,000 homes and businesses have lost power.

The hurricane is centered about 25 miles east of Cape Canaveral and is moving north-northwest around 14 mph. The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami says although the eye of the storm is still off-shore, parts of Florida are seeing strong winds. Sustained winds of 46 mph and a gust of 70 mph were reported in Melbourne this morning.

Matthew left more than 280 dead in its wake across the Caribbean.

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