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(Reuters) - Hurricane Matthew was pounding portions of Central Bahamas early on Thursday and was expected to intensify as it approaches Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The Category 3 hurricane was about 295 miles (480 km) southwest of West Palm Beach, Florida with a maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph), the center said in an advisory.
Matthew was expected to become a Category 4 hurricane as it approached Florida, the center said.
Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; editing by John Stonestreet