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On Twitter, Clinton and Trump weigh in on Hurricane Matthew

@PatriciaMazzei

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took to Twitter late Wednesday and early Thursday to send messages to the all-important swing state of Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

(The storm is not dissipating.)

UPDATE: Trump has issued a formal statement on the hurricane.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew, namely in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, and we encourage everyone to listen to their Governors and local emergency officials urging the evacuations of at-risk coastal communities. These warnings are very, very serious – if your home is in the path of the hurricane and you are being advised to leave, you need to do so right now. Nothing is more important than the safety of your family.

I would also like to offer my thanks to the law enforcement, first responders and power crews making the necessary preparations for the storm and carrying out their plans to help our communities survive and recover in the aftermath.

I also want to extend my personal condolences to those families in Haiti who lost loved ones as this storm tore through their island. The news reports that over a hundred people are feared dead saddens us all, and the United States should offer our assistance to help our island neighbors.

Please stay safe.

UPDATE #2: Clinton issued a statement on the hurricane Friday.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew, and my heart is broken for the victims and their families in Haiti, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Florida.

This is a serious storm, and it has already caused serious damage.  If you get an evacuation order, please follow it immediately.  Bring any important documents, medicines, and your pets with you.  Listen carefully to instructions from local and national officials.  And if you’re not sure what to do, please visit ready.gov for tips on staying safe.

To all our local campaign staff, volunteers, and supporters: Please take care of yourselves and your neighbors – nothing is more important than that.  To our extraordinary first responders and everyone working to prepare for and respond to the storm: We’re so grateful for your courage and sacrifice, especially in times like these.

And to the people of Florida and the Southeast, and everyone in the eye of the storm: Stay safe, and know that America is with you.  In times of disaster, we pull together.  We’ll have your back every step of the way – today, and in the weeks and months to come.

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