(CNN) – The death toll rising Friday, with at least four people dead in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew. The storm Friday marching up the Florida coast toward Georgia and South Carolina. As officials brace for quote a “life-threatening” storm surge. Already, hurricane force winds and torrential rains have left more than a million people without power.
Hurricane Matthew, the worst hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade. Early Friday, the deadly hurricane barreling into Florida’s Atlantic coast. Packing winds up to 120 miles per hour. Streets turning into rivers. Rainfall totals could reach 15 inches in some areas. Florida’s governor issuing a grim warning.
Florida Governor, Rick Scott said, “We are very concerned about storm surge. And the worse effects are likely to come.”
The president weighing in urging people to listen to authorities before it’s too late.
“Do not be a holdout here because we can always replace property but we can’t replace lives.”
Fierce winds and heavy rains left more than a million without power. In St. Augustine, at least 20 people, including some children, were trapped in this bed and breakfast as flood waters threatened to pour into the building.
In Daytona Beach winds clocked in excess of 100 miles an hour, heavily damaging this amusement park. Businesses in the city destroyed, roofs gone.
In West Palm Beach, the storm ripping into this department store. Matthew has already killed hundreds across the Caribbean and now it’s claimed at least four lives in Florida.
A 50 year old woman died overnight. First responders unable to reach her after she suffered a heart attack.
Sachelle Saunders, of WKMG said, “I’m not sure what the miles per hour are…”
For reporters in the thick of the storm. It was enough to leave at least one to consider a career change.
Saunders said, “I’m alright. Just evaluating my life right here.”
Now just to the north, Jacksonville may well suffer the most damage. The city sits right at sea level.
Gov. Scott “we’re very focused on Jacksonville. There’s potential for significant flooding there.”
As of 8 p.m. Eastern Friday, Matthew’s center was over the Atlantic, about 40 miles east of Jacksonville beach, the national hurricane center said. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 60 miles from that center. It was moving north at 12 miles-per-hour.