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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Police are patrolling the country’s oldest city, announcing through a bullhorn that St. Augustine is in a mandatory evacuation zone as Hurricane Matthew approaches the state.

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Dana Harrison, who lives on a barrier island across from Anastasia State Park, said she planned to wait out the storm with an out-of-town friend and her cat.

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The 57-year-old Harrison says she used to live in St. Thomas and survived Hurricane Hugo in 1989, though the storm destroyed her house. She said she feels more secure in her current home.

About 1.5 million people in Florida have been told to flee inland as the dangerous and life-threatening Category 4 storm makes it way toward the state.

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