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Hurricane Matthew Pounds Florida Coast

Hurricane Matthew lashed the coast of Florida with ferocious winds and rain.

Waves from Hurricane Matthew crash against a bridge Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in St. Augustine, Florida.

Matthew was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane overnight, and its storm center hung just offshore as it moved up the Florida coastline, sparing communities its full 120 mph winds.

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Two men walk through floodwaters in historic Saint Augustine on Bayview Drive on Oct. 7 as Hurricane Matthew worked its way up the Florida coast. Jim Seida / NBC News

A mobile home park resident climbs over an uprooted tree in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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Debris flies through the air Friday as the eye of Hurricane Matthew nears Daytona Beach, Florida.

Despite weakening, Matthew still packed dangerous wind gusts and cut off power to more than 593,000 residents.

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A billboard canvas flaps in the wind Friday after Hurricane Matthew passed offshore in North Palm Beach, Florida.

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A downed tree from high winds rests against a car in a residential community in Ormond Beach, Florida.

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A couple walks along the shoreline in Jupiter, Florida, after Hurricane Matthew passed offshore.

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Maricela Carrera cleans up Friday after Hurricane Matthew passed through Fort Pierce, Florida.

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A street sign lies in the road on Oct. 7 in Daytona Beach, Florida, after the area was hit by powerful winds from Hurricane Matthew. Jim Seida / NBC News

Traffic lights are dark on highway A1A on Friday after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

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A police car guards a fallen tree on a road in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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