October 6, 2016 / 6:36 AM / a year ago

Matthew pounds Bahamas, to intensify as approaches Florida - NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Matthew was pounding portions of Central Bahamas early on Thursday and was expected to intensify as it approaches Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

People line up to put gas in portable containers in preparation for Hurricane Matthew in Nassau, Bahamas October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The Category 3 hurricane was about 295 miles (480 km) southwest of West Palm Beach, Florida with a maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph), the center said in an advisory.

Matthew was expected to become a Category 4 hurricane as it approached Florida, the center said.

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; editing by John Stonestreet

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