In North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory warns of heavy rains at or near the coast and power outages from strong winds. He says the National Guard and emergency equipment, including high-water vehicles and swift-water rescue teams, are being assembled as the storm track closer to the state.

Friday morning the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

As of 8 a.m. ET Friday, the hurricane’s western eyewall was brushing Cape Canaveral, according to the National Hurricane Center. Matthew was centered about 35 miles north northeast of Cape Canaveral and moving north-northwest around 13 mph.

Forecasters said the threat would continue into the weekend as the hurricane lingered on its northward trek.

"The center of Matthew will be moving near or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through tonight, and near or over the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday," the hurricane center said.

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are under states of emergency.

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