About 1.5 million Florida residents are being urged to leave their homes as Hurricane Matthew makes its way toward to state.
The governors of Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina have declared states of emergency along the coast in anticipation of high-winds and life-threatening storm surges as high as 9 feet in some areas.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked President Obama to declare a pre-landfall emergency, activate 1,000 more National Guard members to join the 1,500 already positioned in the state and suspend all tolls in the affected areas, including the entire Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Central Florida Expressway Authority and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.
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