Floridians brace for Hurricane Matthew's impact

Posted at 1:26 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 17:23:27-04

Hurricane Matthew is closing in on the Bahamas. The category 3 storm's next target: Uncomfortably close to Florida.

Kelly Armstrong and her daughter Parker just moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. They decided to hop on a plane and come visit family in Milwaukee to wait for the storm to pass.

"When I got off the plane, I heard the news talking about the weather here. I thought how nice, and everyone is not panicking," said Armstrong.

"The storm's path kept changing and we didn't know what was going to happen. We had a flight Thursday morning, but I said, we have to get out. We switched our flight to this morning. It was very last minute," she said. 

The storm has already hit Haiti and parts of Cuba. Forecasters say some strengthening is possible before the disturbance brushes up against Florida.

"This is our first hurricane. We're kind of new Floridians. I've been through midwestern floods and snowstorms, but this is quite different," Armstrong said.

At least 11 deaths are blamed on the powerful storm. Flooding is one of the biggest concerns - parts of Haiti have already seen up to 40 inches .

The Red Cross of Wisconsin sent four volunteers to Florida and North Carolina to help with evacuations Wednesday morning.