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

Matthew pounds Bahamas, to intensify as approaches Florida - NHC

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

(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.

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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