Hurricane Matthew’s 100mph Winds Lash the Florida Coast

Hurricane Matthew’s 100mph Winds Lash the Florida CoastHurricane Matthew dropped to Category 3 strength overnight, but still managed to bring sustained winds of about 120 miles per hour to Florida’s central Atlantic coast. Some 600,000 residents were reported without power early Friday morning, Gov. Rick Scott announced at a press conference. The deadly storm’s eyewall had approached within five miles of the coastline. Meteorologists were meticulously tracking Matthew’s path, as coastal residents waited to see if and when it would make landfall as it comes up the coast at about 13 miles per hour. The brunt of the storm was likely past Orlando but was still whipping intense rain and harsh winds at the city. Cape Canaveral was getting hit by 100 miles per hour gusts at about 6 a.m. ET. “We are just bracing and the winds are picking up,” Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry told CNN early Friday morning. “A great number of our residents have taken heed to our warnings and we are certainly concerned about those that have not.”