U.S. Braces for Impact of Hurricane Matthew

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – The Red Cross of Eastern Missouri is sending six local volunteers to the East Coast to respond to Hurricane Matthew.

These six volunteers will drive emergency response vehicles.

The Red Cross has shelters, more than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles standing by in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

AccuWeather meteorologist for KMOX Dean DeVore has been following the path of Hurricane Matthew – now a Category 4 storm – as it makes it way toward the U.S. and Florida coastline.

Hurricane Matthew is forecast to make landfall somewhere around Cape Canaveral, Florida, tonight and into Friday, with the worst weather forecast for Friday.

With Matthew approaching Florida’s coastline, officials at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld say they’ll be shutting down until the storm passes.

COCOA, FL - OCTOBER 06: Brother and sisters, Nicholas, (R), Jasmine, (C), and Samantha Cleveland (L), put sand in plastic shopping bags to be placed at their home nearby as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

COCOA, FL – OCTOBER 06: Brother and sisters, Nicholas, (R), Jasmine, (C), and Samantha Cleveland (L), put sand in plastic shopping bags to be placed at their home nearby as Hurricane Matthew approaches, October 6, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the area later this afternoon bringing heavy wind, and widespread flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in the state of Florida and has ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts to Hurricane Matthew.

Obama’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate efforts to alleviate the suffering caused by the hurricane. The directive applies to more than two dozen counties in Florida.

Emergency declarations are designed to help provide emergency services to protect lives and property, and to lessen the threat of a catastrophe.

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