(FOX NEWS) Up to 1.5 million people were fleeing south Atlantic coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew regained strength as a Category 4 storm Thursday and eyed the United States.
The storm, which had dipped to a Category 3, roared back up Category 4 late Thursday morning, with maximum sustained winds at 140 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
"Extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew heading for Florida," the Hurricane Center warned in its 11 a.m. advisory.
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Evacuations were under way in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina after Matthew, which hammered Haiti and strafed Cuba, began battering the Bahamas. The storm killed 29 people in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti, and forecasters warned of "life-threatening" devastation as it crossed the Bahamas.