October 8, 2016 / 12:39 PM / in 10 months

NHC downgrades Matthew to Category 1 hurricane

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Rain batters homes as the eye of Hurricane Matthew passes Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S. October 7, 2016.Phelan Ebenhack

(Reuters) - Matthew was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday by the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Matthew was about 20 miles (35 km) south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina as it moved northeast 12 miles per hour (19 kph), the centre said in an advisory.

Matthew had maximum sustaining winds of 85 miles per hour (140 kph), the centre said.

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; editing by Mark heinrich

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