Matthew is gaining strength

(NBC News)
(NBC News)

(NBC News) Hurricane Matthew has once again strengthened to a Category Four storm, packing sustained winds of 140 miles per hour as it approaches Florida.

The storm is now being blamed for at least 25 deaths in the Caribbean.

Evacuation orders are in place from Florida to the Carolinas.

“If you have not evacuated, gas stations are getting ready to close, your pharmacies are getting ready to close. Everything is going to leave,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley warned Thursday morning.

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s warning was evening stronger.

“If you need to evacuate and you haven’t, evacuate. This storm will kill you,” Scott said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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