Hurricane Matthew claims first life in the U.S.

Hurricane Matthew radar image at 5:30 p.m. on October 7. 2016
Hurricane Matthew radar image at 5:30 p.m. on October 7. 2016

Emergency officials are reporting the first death in the U.S. directly caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Volusia County emergency management director Jim Judge says a tree fell on a woman’s house in the county, which includes the city of Daytona Beach. Judge says her family took her to a hospital, where she Family took her to hospital, where she died.

Meanwhile, Matthew has weakened slightly as it pounds Florida and crawls north along the Atlantic coast.

At 5 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said Matthew had sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph), making it a very powerful Category 2 storm.

At one point, Matthew reached the strongest Category 5 designation, but it has been slowly weakening as it has moved closer to Florida.

The storm left more than 300 people dead in the Caribbean and at least one person has died in Florida. More than 1 million homes and businesses are without power in the state.

Stay tuned to 6 News and CBS News for continuing coverage of Hurricane Matthew.

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