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UPDATE 8:09 PM:
The eye of Hurricane Matthew is now over the western end of Grand Bahama Island.
The National Hurricane Center is now reporting that tropical storm conditions are spreading onto the east coast of Florida.
UPDATE 7:32 PM:
The Haitian government has announced that the death toll has risen to 264, according to the BBC. About 50 of those people died in the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau.
30,000 homes were destroyed in Haiti's Sud province.
UPDATE 7:05 PM:
Power is out for thousands of customers in the following Florida locations:
- Indian River
- St. Lucie
- Palm Beach
Settlement Point on Grand Bahama is reporting 98 mph gusts of wind.
A curfew is in effect in Orange County, Florida, from 10 p.m. ET tonight until 7 a.m. ET on Saturday.
UPDATE 5:35 PM:
The Coast Guard just released aerial footage of Haiti in Hurricane Matthew's wake.
At least 136 died in Haiti after Matthew hit, reports The Weather Channel.
WATCH: Aerial footage of the destruction in Haiti.
UPDATE 5:05 PM:
The eye of Hurricane Matthew is about to hit Freeport in the Bahamas. The Bahamian government has discontinued the Hurricane Warning for the central Bahamas.
The National Hurricane Center has extended their Hurricane Warning for the United States northward to South Santee River, South Carolina.
UPDATE 3:55 PM:
Volunteer Florida is registering people to help clean the state up after the storm hits.
UPDATE 3:13 PM:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced in a briefing that he doesn't believe people in Florida are taking the storm seriously enough despite 1.5 million residents being ordered to evacuate.
Scott also announced that 3,500 members of the National Guard are activated and are ready to assist during and after the storm.
WATCH: Florida Gov. Rick Scott mobilizes the National Guard.
UPDATE 2:02 PM:
WATCH | Live feed on #Periscope: Inside the Atlantis Hurricane Shelter in Nassau during Hurricane Matthew with WPEC-TV CBS 12 Meteorologist/Reporter Steve Glazier.
UPDATE 2:16 PM: Disney World and Universal Orlando shut down amid storm.
Here's NASA footage of what Hurricane Matthew looks like from space.
UPDATE 1:41 PM:
A motorist who tried to drive past a checkpoint in South Carolina died yesterday after an altercation with deputies, reports WCSC.
Sheriff Duane Lewis said that the man sped away from the scene, and deputies of the Sheriff's Department gave chase.
When they caught up with him, the motorist pointed a gun at them and started shooting. They returned fire and the motorist, identified as Lucas Felkel, died Wednesday night at a hospital.
BREAKING: Haiti interior minister says in capital that death toll now at 108 from Hurricane Matthew.— The Associated Press (@AP) October 6, 2016
UPDATE 12:57 PM: The death toll in Haiti is on the rise. Rescue efforts continue.
UPDATE 10:57 AM: Hurricane Matthew is now a "dangerous" Category 4 storm.
Hurricane Matthew has left the worst humanitarian disaster in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake.
Hurricane Matthew pounded portions of the central Bahamas and the storm is expected to intensify as it approaches Florida.
Matthew will bring heavy rain, a prolonged period of strong winds and storm surge from Florida to North Carolina.
Here's what we know so far about Hurricane Matthew:
- Matthew expected to strengthen as the storm approaches Florida
- Major impacts from Florida to North Carolina
- Matthew will steer away from the Mid-Atlantic due to a strong cold front
Florida governor Rick Scott warned residents to take evacuation seriously.
Rick Scott is posting updates and hurricane preparedness resources to Twitter.
Watch live shots from Nassau in the Bahamas.