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Hurricane Matthew kills at least 14 in the US

Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 14 people as it battered the US east coast.

As the storm hit there were major floods and power outages in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.

Matthew - which was a category 5 storm when it hit Haiti last week killing nearly 900 people - has since been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone but at one point hit wind speeds of over 157mph.

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State of emergency in North Carolina over hurricane

Hurricane Matthew beats down on Florida Credit: Reuters

President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the state of North Carolina as it braces for Hurricane Matthew to make landfall.

Officials are warning that the biggest risk could be from storm surges, as high winds on the coastline whip up huge waves.

A state of emergency has also been declared in Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia.

The hurricane skated the edge of Florida, causing less damage than feared as they eye of the storm stayed off the coast, but is now heading northwards.

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