Rain bands from Hurricane Matthew arrive in South Florida

Thousands of FPL customers without power

The first outer bands from Hurricane Matthew have begun to impact South Florida.

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A few miles north in Hollywood, WPLG reporter Michael Seiden noticed a father and son playing on the beach, sometimes going into the Atlantic Ocean, despite Gov. Rick Scott's message to stay out of the water.

According to Florida Power & Light, half of its 4.8 million total customers are without power, including more than 7,000 customers in Miami-Dade County, more than 4,000 customers in Broward County and 1,000 customers in Palm Beach County.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are warning that large waves pushed by Hurricane Matthew could threaten lives and property hours before the Category 4 storm's eye nears the shore.

As of 2 p.m., the storm was 90 east-southeast of Freeport, Bahamas and 145 miles southeast of West Palm Beach. It is heading northwest at 14 mph.