Grocery stores were slammed all day. Gas stations ran out of fuel. And businesses were urged to let employees out early to put up storm shutters and brace for a storm expected to inundate the area with high winds and heavy rain.
Now, with conditions expected to deteriorate Thursday morning and worsen into the night,
"We need to prepare for the possibility of hurricane-force winds,"
In anticipation of dangerous winds, public schools in
Local governments sent home any non-essential personnel.
"It's incredibly important that residents continue to take this very seriously for you and family," said
In all likelihood,
According to the
Though some scoffed Wednesday at the danger posed by Matthew, the evidence across
"I get a little nervous --it's just my son and myself," she said. "The roof is not real good and we have no insurance."
Power outages are also expected to be widespread. The hurricane could affect as many as 1.2 million of
"We're going to ask you to be prepared," Silagy conceded during a Wednesday-afternoon in
But FPL will be quicker than ever getting blacked-out neighborhood back on the grid, Silagy said. The company has asked for extra crews and equipment from power companies as far away as
The state, meanwhile, was working with the
Still, some weren't sweating Wednesday.
"I might not have any gas," he said. "But we'll be open unless something gets crazy."
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