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Rick Scott: Florida could face largest evacuation

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” because Hurricane Matthew is threatening almost the entire Atlantic coast of Florida.

Scott said Wednesday he didn’t know how many people would be ordered to evacuate because it is left up to the counties, but he says every county along the coast is focused on it and has been preparing.

So far, only Brevard and Martin counties have issued mandatory evacuation orders.

Hurricane Matthew is barreling over the Bahamas and taking aim at Florida. The center of the storm is expected to arrive near the Florida coast on Thursday night. The Category 3 storm has winds of 120 mph. Florida hasn’t been hit by a storm this powerful in more than a decade.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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