Hurricane Matthew crashed into central Florida shoreline Friday with winds clocked at up to 120 miles per hour (195 kph). According to NBC News, Matthew cut off power to more than a million Floridians and badly battered the Florida shoreline. The storm, which according to Reuters was the worst since Superstorm Sandy four years earlier, led to evacuations in coastal areas along the southeastern United States.


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When the storm hit southern Florida, it didn’t do as much damage as officials thought it would. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, according to NBC News, because Matthew lost some of its steam as it left the Caribbean. Meteorologists thought the storm would get closer to Florida and wreak havoc in the heavily populated Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas. Instead, the storm stayed some 100 miles away, sparing the 4.4 million residents of the area.
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Though Matthew is not as powerful as it once was, the storm still has the potential to cause great damage as it makes its way up the coast of Florida into Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Craig Fugate, cautioned people who are in Matthew's expected path not to be complacent. 

"People should not be looking at the damages they're seeing and saying this storm is not that bad," Fugate told NBC, according to Reuters. People should also be aware the hurricane carries more than just ferocious winds, he said.

The storm battered Haiti with rain and 145 mph (235 kph) winds before coming to the United States. Numbers are still coming in, according to Reuters, but so far 61,500 people are in shelters in the impoverished Caribbean nation, and more than 800 are dead due to the storm.