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Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 8:48 PM
“This moves 20 miles to the west, and you and everyone you know are dead,” presenter Shepard Smith told residents of cities such as Daytona Beach and Jacksonville Thursday.
Fox News host Shepard Smith warned Florida residents of death if they stayed in their homes.
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“All of you. Because you can’t survive it. It’s not possible unless you’re very very lucky. And your kids die too.”
His warning comes as some Florida residents have decided to stay put despite warnings from officials including their governor Rick Scott, who said “This storm will kill you.”
Smith interviewed one of those choosing to stay in coastal Palm Beach Gardens, a friend of his named Dolores, and teased the segment by saying he would ask “she expects us to cover her funeral.”
People in vehicles make an evacuation route over 520 bridge heading west from Merritt Island, Fla.
She said she was hoping that the storm would not be as bad as weather officials are saying it will be, even though Matthew is expected to bring hurricane force winds in inland cities such as Orlando before traveling up the East Coast to the Carolinas.
The storm has already killed at least 264 people in Haiti, according to government officials cited by the BBC.
More than 2 million people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have been ordered to evacuate to inland areas ahead of the storm.