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Wind picks up, thousand lose power in Palm Beach

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Officials say winds are picking up and thousands are without power in Florida as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Matthew is northwest of Grand Bahama Island, about 70 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, and a wind gust of 50 mph has been recorded at Palm Beach International Airport.

Florida Power and Light says more than 30,000 customers -- about 24,000 in Palm Beach County alone -- are already without electricity.

Matthew is still a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. It is moving northwest at 13 mph.

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