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By hugging coast while over water, Matthew stays stronger

In its record-long week as a major hurricane, Matthew has threaded the needle with its track, staying over warm waters that provide fuel and avoiding land that could starve it. That's been a bit of good news for Florida, but if does actually hit land farther up the coast — and that's still a big question mark — that region would pay the price for Florida's good luck.

Here are some questions and answers about Matthew:


Q: What does Matthew not quite hitting Florida mean for Georgia and the Carolinas?

A: It keeps the danger level higher, meteorologists say, because the close-but-not-quite-over-land track has kept Matthew's eye relatively strong....