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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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Stork shelters in toilet to wait out hurricane

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As millions of Americans prepared for Hurricane Matthew to hit Florida, the owners of a zoological park were also left facing the question of what to do with their charges.

Their answer - pop the storks into the toilets and make sure the poisonous snakes are at least double-boxed.

Keepers at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in northeast Florida shared a picture on Facebook of a confused-looking stork preparing to wait out the storm in their visitors' toilets yesterday as they documented their work.

"Two days of hurricane prep is now over!", they wrote.

"Every bird and mammal is housed safely indoors, all venomous snakes are double contained (at least), tortoises and wee crocs are in various tubs and the storks are hanging out in the public restrooms!

"We love our animals and staff. Take care everyone and be careful."

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