Nathan Deal

Hurricane Matthew loses strength but still packs a punch

Hurricane Matthew loses strength but still packs a punch

In three decades of living a mere few feet from the mythical Fountain of Youth, William Coleman had never before heard such a sound.

In his low-lying neighborhood, he was accustomed to hearing water sloshing down the street, mud-stuck cars whirring to free themselves, and roaring thunderheads bearing down from the Atlantic. 

Then, on Wednesday night, from a bullhorn mounted on a firetruck, a first: "This is a mandatory evacuation. You need to leave now."

With that, Hurricane Matthew – blamed for hundreds of deaths in impoverished Haiti when it roared through the Caribbean earlier this week – announced its imminent arrival.

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