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hurricane strikes first coast

matthew arrives
» Gov. Scott says ‘this is not over’ as storm sideswipes Florida coast
By MIKE SCHNEIDER feared. the storm could easily take ing the death toll there Still, it got close enough ing wasn’t worth the risk.
and KELLI KENNEDY Authorities warned that a turn inland. to nearly 300, while also to knock down trees and “We kind of tried to wait
Associated Press the danger was far from “It still has time to do a cautioning that there were power lines, damage build- to see if it will tilt more to
over, with hundreds of direct hit,” Gov. Rick Scott scores of bodies that had ings and flood streets. Mel- the east,” Dickey said. “But
CAPE CANAVERAL — miles of coastline in Flor- said Friday morning. “This yet to be recorded. bourne was hit by wind it’s go time.”
Hurricane Matthew side- ida, Georgia and South is not over. … It could be In Florida, Matthew was gusts of up to 107 mph. In areas the storm had al-
swiped Florida’s Atlantic Carolina still under threat the worst part of this is yet downgraded to a Category On Georgia’s Tybee Is- ready passed, residents and
coast Friday, toppling trees of torrential rain and to come.” 3 hurricane overnight. Its land — where most of the officials began to assess
onto homes and knocking deadly storm surge as the Meanwhile, the mag- storm center, or eye, hung 3,000 residents were evac- the damage.
out power to more than most powerful hurricane nitude of the devastation just offshore Friday morn- uated — Jeff Dickey had Robert Tyler had feared
800,000 people but spar- to menace the Atlantic inflicted by Matthew as it ing as it moved up the been holding out hope that the storm surge would
ing the heavily populated Seaboard in over a decade roared through the Carib- coastline, sparing commu- the storm might shift and flood his street two blocks
stretch of shoreline the cat- pushed north. bean became ever clearer, nities the full force of its spare his home. As the rain
astrophic blow many had They warned, too, that with officials in Haiti rais- 120 mph winds. picked up, he decided stay- Please see STORM/4A

leaves some Most residents heed warnings
stranded in
St. Johns
» Fire Rescue gets
calls for help from
those who stayed
in evacuation zone
By Sheldon Gardner
and Jake Martin
St. Augustine Record

As Hurricane Matthew
moved up the coast of Flor-
ida, the Category 3 hurri-
cane sent winds whipping
through St. Johns Coun-
ty, dumped rain, caused
bridge closures and left
thousands of customers
without power — and some
stranded and in need of as-
Some people decided to
stay in evacuation zones
despite warnings from
public safety officials, but
it was too late. Storm conditions from Hurricane Matthew at the St. Johns County Pier on Friday.
“We’ve had calls from
people who chose to shelter
in place within the evacua-
» Few people stick around to
tion zones, and we’ve been watch hurricane strike county
unable to respond to them,”
said Michael Ryan, St. By Jake Martin
Johns County spokesman,
on Friday afternoon.
As of 1 p.m., Hurricane An hour’s drive on the empty streets of
Matthew was battering the St. Augustine Friday morning indicated
coast of Northeast Florida, residents and tourists alike heeded the
according to the National warnings of officials as Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Center. A ma- made its approach toward St. Johns County.
rine measuring station in By 8 a.m., the rain and wind were notice-
St. Augustine observed ably picking up, although power was still
wind gusts of up to 79 mph. on throughout much of the city and in St. PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM
An unofficial observation Augustine Beach as of 9 a.m. (As of 11 a.m., Rain and winds from Hurricane Matthew batter St. Augustine’s bayfront early morning on
area for Ponte Vedra Beach reports indicated there were about 28,950 Friday.
observed a wind gust of 73 power outages in St. Johns County.)
mph. The city’s bridges were also still open, al- inside nesses and the St. Augustine Lighthouse re-
St. Johns County offi- though many, including the Bridge of Lions, See more photos from around St. Augustine mained lit.
cials urged people who had were closed or under close monitoring by 5A At the beach, the St. Johns County Ocean
decided to stay, to stay off 9:40 a.m. There was very little traffic any- Pier was holding up against a surging,
the roads — where flood- where in town, except for that of emergency Menendez — and others just passing by in foamy Atlantic with waves already creep-
ing, debris, downed power vehicles responding to calls, managing ma- their vehicles — snapped photos of the St. ing higher toward the dunes.
lines and trees are possible jor intersections or doing patrols. There Augustine Inlet’s choppy waters splashing Toward Vilano Beach, roads were sill
— and stay inside as much were little to no pedestrians to be found. against the city’s seawall. Meanwhile, boats clear and Francis and Mary Usina Bridge
as possible. Palm leaves and other small debris from bobbed ominously in St. Augustine Munici- was still open, but very few cars were seen
“Our recommendation trees lined the streets and some rooftops pal Marina. making the trek across in either direction.
at this point to individuals downtown, although many of the main Water sprayed over the sides of the As of 10:40 a.m., the St. Johns County
who chose to stay is to stay thoroughfares were not flooded. Many re- Bridge of Lions and into the roadway near Sheriff’s Office ordered the closing of
sheltered, in place, for the tention ponds around town were already the bridge’s base as the wind picked up fur- the following county bridges: the Vilano
remainder of this event,” filled to the brim. ther still. A street sign for the intersection Bridge, Bridge of Lions, the 312 Bridge, the
said Jeremy Robshaw, St. There were boarded up businesses with of St. Augustine and Oglethorpe boulevards SR 206 Bridge and the Shands Bridge.
Johns County Fire Rescue sandbagged doors along King, St. George on Anastasia Island was dislodged from its As of 11:35 a.m., Matthew was still a Cat-
spokesman. and Aviles streets as well as San Marco pole and sitting amid vegetation debris on egory 3 storm hugging Florida’s east coast
Avenue. Some people who appeared to the sidewalk. Heading toward St. Augustine and wind gusts over 100 miles per hour had
Please see rescue/3A be waiting out the storm along Avenida Beach via A1A were more boarded up busi- been measured in Cape Canaveral.

INDEX TODAY’S WEATHER They said it Copyright 2016
85 69
70% chance of showers
“We don’t have any contact with Port-
au-Prince yet and there are places
we still haven’t reached.” — Saint-
Victor Jeune, an official with the

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