How Hurricane Matthew surprised everyone and became a catastrophic storm

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Hurricane Matthew is roaring northward after devastating Haiti earlier this week. The Category 4 storm was the strongest hurricane to hit the impoverished island nation in more than 50 years, and the death count continues to rise. Now, it’s on its way to Florida.

“This is a disaster.”

The National Hurricane Center cautions that Hurricane Matthew could cause catastrophic damage if it hits Florida. “A major hurricane has not impacted this area in 118 years, since October 2nd 1898. There is NO local living memory of the potential of this event,” warns the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Florida in a briefing.

It’s not yet clear what path the storm will take. So far, Matthew hasn’t made landfall in Florida and as of 5PM ET it’s…

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