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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The threat of Hurricane Matthew on our horizon has forced a schedule change for the Commander in Chief.

President Barack Obama was scheduled to speak at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens on Wednesday. As part of Clinton’s efforts to motivate voters to go to the polls, President Obama was going to rally support and urge voters to visit to check their registration status and to get registered by October 11 to make their voices heard this election.

The event is now being rescheduled because Matthew’s approach is forecast to cause deteriorating weather conditions. No new date for the rally has been given.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez held a public briefing Tuesday morning on the preparations residents and visitors should be making due to the potential impact.

“The message is very simple right now, you should be prepared for the eventuality of a hurricane like we did in June. Have your three days of food, have three days of water,” said Gimenez. “It’s also a good idea to have gas for your generators and also start them to make sure they are working.”

The current forecast calls for the storm to move across the Bahamas early Thursday morning. By late Thursday or early Friday it is forecast to be offshore from South Florida as a Category 3 hurricane.

Beginning Wednesday, South Florida will see the breeze and number of storms increase. On Thursday and Friday, we can expect gusty squalls, high winds and pounding surf. Our weather should begin to improve on Saturday.


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