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What Florida Members Are Telling Constituents About Matthew

Floridians prepare for rare Category 4 storm to hit Thursday evening

Kevin Forde, left, and John Haughey put up plywood on a window in Miami Beach, Florida, on Thursday as they prepare for Hurricane Matthew. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As Florida prepares for Hurricane Matthew to strike, members of Congress are working to keep their constituents in the loop and safe.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio warned in an email Thursday, "Meteorologists are calling this the storm of decades, and it is not something to take lightly." Signed off with "Paid for by Marco Rubio for Senate 2016," the email also suggested people donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

The storm is expected to travel up the east coast of Florida Thursday and Friday and hit coastal parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina over the weekend.

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Members are warning Floridians that they should take this rare Category 4 hurricane seriously.

And, South Carolina lawmakers are also warning their constituents.

As are lawmakers in North Carolina.

While other members are sending their support from far away.

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