The National Weather Service is not mincing words when it comes to the threat that Hurricane Matthew poses to Florida. Up and down the east coast of the state, NWS offices have issued statements warning that the storm, which is supposed to pass within 25 miles of fragile and heavily populated coastline on Thursday night through Friday night, could cause widespread destruction.

The statements issued have their roots in Hurricane Katrina. During that storm, the local NWS office in Slidell, Louisiana was trying to communicate the dire nature of the threat and encourage people to evacuate. Since then, some of the language used for Katrina has been incorporated by other NWS offices. Read more…

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NOAA warns Floridians Hurricane Matthew could render areas ‘uninhabitable for weeks’