Hurricane Matthew weakens to Category 2 storm

With Hurricane Matthew approaching the Carolinas, both Pat McCrory and Nikki Haley say this is the final chance for people to get out safely.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Hurricane Matthew has weakened slightly as it pounds Florida and crawls north along the Atlantic coast.

At 5 p.m. EDT Friday, the National Hurricane Center said Matthew had sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph), making it a very powerful Category 2 storm.
 

At one point, Matthew reached the strongest Category 5 designation, but it has been slowly weakening as it has moved closer to Florida.

The storm left more than 300 people dead in the Caribbean and at least one person has died in Florida. More than 1 million homes and businesses are without power in the state.

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