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Hurricane Matthew causing court closures

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The possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew along the state’s east coast is causing a variety of court closures. As of 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, courts in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties announced shutdowns for Thursday and Friday. That makes a total of 12 counties where courts are closed or will close this week because of the storm, according to Supreme Court spokesman Craig Waters. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami is closed Thursday and Friday, and the 4th District Court of Appeal…

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Rick Scott: ‘Hope for the best, prepare for the worst’

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Gov. Rick Scott in a Wednesday news briefing on Hurricane Matthew told Floridians that “protecting life is our No. 1 priority.” “If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction, the likes of which we have not seen in years,” he said at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. “This is a deadly storm approaching our state.” The governor, who has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties, said officials “are preparing for the worst, we’re hoping…

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AIF postpones annual conference ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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The 2016 Associated Industries of Florida annual conference has been postponed, organizers announced Tuesday. The annual conference was scheduled to kick off Wednesday at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando. The two-day event was expected to give AIF members a chance to hear from state leaders and discuss issues important to the business community. However, AIF announced Tuesday it was postponing the conference after hurricane watches were issued for parts of Florida. “The governor has declared a state of…

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Gov. Scott cancels Cabinet meeting to monitor Matthew

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday warned boaters to start preparing for Hurricane Matthew, and Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to visit the state’s emergency operations centers along Florida’s east coast. Scott canceled Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting to make the trip. He wants to make sure counties are prepared if the storm moves toward Florida, spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said. Scott signed an executive order on Monday declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county. Matthew was a Category 4 storm…

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all of Florida as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward Jamaica and Haiti. Heavy bands from the Category 4 storm have already flooded streets and sent many people to emergency shelters in the two countries. Two deaths have already been reported in Haiti, bringing the total for the storm to at least four. “If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade…

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Hurricane Matthew still may threaten Sunshine State

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Gov. Rick Scott continued to warn state residents that Hurricane Matthew, though not currently targeting Florida, is “a very dangerous storm and life threatening.” The storm, which has been fluctuating between a Category 4 and Category 5 hurricane, on Sunday morning was tracking westerly at 5 mph with sustained winds of 140 mph. The National Weather Service said “it is too soon to rule out possible hurricane impacts from Matthew in Florida.” “We haven’t seen a storm of this magnitude approach…

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Rick Scott warns Floridians to be wary of Hurricane Matthew

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Gov. Rick Scott advised Floridians to remain vigilant as the National Hurricane Center upgraded Hurricane Matthew to a major Category 4 storm. Matthew, with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, was forecast to pass east of the state, but that shouldn’t be grounds for complacency, Scott said. “We all know that the track of these storms can quickly change, which is why it is imperative that all Floridians and visitors continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and make sure…

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