October 6, 2016 / 5:56 PM / a year ago

Obama declares state of emergency in Florida on Hurricane Matthew threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Matthew strengthened and headed for the U.S. Southeast, the White House said on Thursday.

A person walks along the beach prior to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Javier Galeano

The action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts necessitated by the storm, a Category 4 hurricane packing winds of 140 mph (220 kph).

Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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