Matt Drudge: Is government ‘lying’ about Hurricane Matthew?
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Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge on Thursday floated a theory that the government is exaggerating the threat from Hurricane Matthew.

In a string of tweets, Drudge raised the idea that the government is exaggerating the force of the storm to make a point on climate change.

Drudge then urged Twitter users to help monitor the storm’s progress and authenticate what level of danger it truly presents.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) lashed out at Drudge, warning Twitter users to ignore his remarks before Matthew’s landfall.

President Obama earlier Thursday declared a state of emergency in Florida as Matthew bears down on the southeastern U.S.

The disaster declaration allows state and local officials to obtain federal aid to help the recovery from the storm, which is expected to cause widespread damage in the Sunshine State.

“This is likely the largest and most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade or so,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said earlier Thursday.

Obama’s order also allows the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster-relief efforts in the state.

Matthew is a Category 4 storm gaining in strength ahead of its expected collision with the East Coast late Thursday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) earlier Thursday pleaded with residents to flee from areas in the hurricane’s path.

“Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate,” he said during a news conference. "This is going to kill people.”

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“Hurricane #Matthew is a major storm,” tweeted Clinton. "I urge everyone to follow emergency instructions and evacuate if you’re told to. Stay safe Florida.”

“Praying for everyone in Florida,” tweeted Trump. "Hoping the hurricane dissipates, but in any event, please be careful."