Hurricane Matthew has weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm as it moves closer to Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
The western edge of Matthew’s eyewall is approaching Cape Canaveral early Friday as the storm batters Florida’s coast with howling wind and driving rain.
The Category 3 storm is threatening to make a direct hit on Florida as it moves up the coast.
But even though the eye is still off-shore, Florida is already seeing strong winds.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says sustained winds of 46 mph and a gust of 70 mph have been reported in Melbourne, Florida.
More than 240,000 in Florida are without power.
2-million people were warned to flee inland as the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade charged toward Florida.
Matthew left more than 280 dead in its wake across the Caribbean.