Presidential candidates urge caution as hurricane approaches

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Both major presidential candidates are advising Florida residents to use caution as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

Republican Donald Trump tweeted late Wednesday: “Praying for everyone in Florida. Hoping the hurricane dissipates, but in any event, please be careful.”

In her tweet Thursday, Democrat Hillary Clinton urged Florida residents to prepare for the storm “and evacuate if you’re told to.” Clinton wrote: “Stay safe Florida.”

Matthew is threatening the east coast of Florida, potentially as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds. The storm is nearing one of America’s top presidential battleground states nearly a month before Election Day and days before the state’s Oct. 11 voter registration deadline.

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