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Here's what it's like being in hurricane-force winds


If you've never felt the whip  of 130 mph winds as rain pelts your face, I can tell you it's not a pleasant thing.  

And the sound of the waves has a deafening roar, almost like an airplane engine idling before take off.

I've spent most of Thursday driving around Daytona Beach trying to capture effects of Hurricane Matthew as it barrels up the east coast of Florida.

Driving rain and fierce wind has picked up significantly and the ocean waves, which are at least 10 ft high, have grown considerably.  A mandatory evacuation has made the town and the boardwalk, where I take in Matthew's fury, a ghost town. 

Check out a timelapse of the storm rolling through as it was getting dark.

Early Friday morning at 2 a.m., the new advisory downgraded Matthew to a category 3 hurricane with wind speeds at 120 mph.

Even though the wind has decreased slightly, this still continues to be a very life-threatening weather event.

Earlier in the day, the hotel where I had planned to stay was evacuated, but I was able to find a hotel that is safe and is housing other national media here. 

Around 6:45 pm I  hopped in the car and was going to a local shelter that I found about 20 minutes away, but the police said I couldn't cross the bridge because they are all closed. Even with media credentials, he said it was a matter of safety. 

Saintanor Dutervil stands with his wife in the ruins of their home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Two days after the storm rampaged across the country's remote southwestern peninsula, authorities and aid workers still lack a clear picture of what they fear is the country's biggest disaster in years. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

A husband and wife stand in the ruins of their home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said that you can rebuild homes, you can rebuild businesses but you can't rebuild a life.

And that sums up what he and other local officials have been urging residents all week, being prepared and staying safe.

Officials in Haiti said at least 283 people have been killed by this devastating hurricane, which slammed into the Caribbean country on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.


Local workers secure plywood to windows before Hurricane Matthew makes landfall 

Late Thursday morning, I decided to take a drive and explore the area. I found a lot of homes and businesses boarded up with plywood, sandbags placed along the foot of doors like puzzle pieces and most of the residents heading the advice from local officials. But I also encountered quite a few folks still out and about walking around taking pictures of the rough surf -- not a good idea.

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