Florida Prepares for Disaster from Hurricane; South Florida Thursday Afternoon Forecast

Palm Beach County has begun to get hit by strong outerbands of rain as Hurricane Matthew moves further west toward the Florida coast (NBC affiliate WPTV).

Florida Gov. Rick Scott updated citizens on the disaster preparedness for Florida.

Winds are forecast at 100 to 150 MPH. The forecast winds can destroy homes and even entire neighborhoods.

The primary concern Thursday is Palm Beach, Florida and then cities north of Palm Beach — including Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Fort Pierce, St Lucie, Vero Beach.

Gov. Rick Scott says there’s no excuse for residents in evacuation zones not to leave and strongly urged people to relocate for their safety from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.

Destructive effects of Hurricane Matthew are expected to begin by early Thursday afternoon, October 6, 2016.

Hurricane Matthew is expected to be near

Landfall is most likely near Melbourne, Florida as a Category 4 Hurricane about 8:00 a.m.

Widespread electrical power outages are expected.

Storm Surge Forecast

Boynton Beach 2-3 feet

West Palm Beach 3-5 feet

Jupiter 5-7 feet

Stuart 6-8 feet

Fort Pierce/St Lucie 6-11 feet

Vero Beach 7-11 feet

fl511.com for evacuation routes.

Until 10 a.m., the city of Port St. Lucie distributed sandbags to area residents.

Supplies are running low as residents are stocking up ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Lakeland, Florida and Polk County well inland where there is a Tropical Storm Warning, not a Hurricane Warning.

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