Hurricane Matthew: the docks at dawn

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Most boats had left the city docks, but a handful remained.

At sunrise, wind was starting to build and the city’s floating dock had a gentle bounce to it, as if sensing the hurricane’s approach.

Mayor Jeri Muoio said city officials met at 7 a.m. to coordinate the response of various departments: operations, logistics, finance and planning. A curfew is under consideration.

“Everybody’s waiting,” she said, adding that a hurricane looks more likely now than just a tropical storm. “Everything’s under control, waiting for things to happen.”

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Track hoes locked down for the duration at the Bristol Tower condo construction site on South Flagler Drive, just before dawn.

Cars will not be permitted on the roads after winds hit 35 miles per hour, probably around noon, she said.

Zone B — the barrier islands — have been evacuated.

Meanwhile, the media has descended, from near and far. The mayor said she’s been contacted by CNN and MSNBC, among others. TV reporters from Fort Myers planted themselves on the city dock before sunrise.

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An officer fortifies himself at Bradley’s on West Palm’s waterfront, before sunrise.