The National Hurricane Center has updated the forecast track for Hurricane Matthew, which now has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. The storm is moving to the north and is expected to cause problems from Florida to North Carolina.
Matthew is expected to track very close to the North and South Carolina coast by Saturday. At this point, it still appears most of the rain will be to our east. A cold front will move our way on Saturday, giving us a chance of rain showers and taking Matthew out to sea. The exact track of Matthew remains unclear for the weekend, so stay tuned for possible changes this week.
From the National Hurricane Center:
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK At 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), radar data from Guantanamo, Cuba, along with reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft, indicate that the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 20.4 North, longitude 74.4 West. Matthew is moving toward the north near 8 mph (13 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue tonight. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected on Wednesday, followed by a northwest turn Wednesday night.
Matthew will be moving through the Bahamas through Thursday, and is expected to be very near the east coast of Florida by Thursday evening. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts, but Matthew remains a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through at least Thursday night. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). The minimum central pressure recently reported by reconnaissance aircraft was 950 mb (28.06 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND WIND: Hurricane conditions are still affecting portions of Haiti. Hurricane conditions are likely occurring over eastern Cuba, and will begin in the southeastern Bahamas by Wednesday morning, the central Bahamas on Wednesday, and the northwestern Bahamas Wednesday night. Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue spreading across the remainder of Haiti, eastern Cuba and the southeastern Bahamas tonight, and should reach the central and northwestern Bahamas on Wednesday, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Tropical storm conditions are still occurring in portions the Dominican Republic within the warning area, and these conditions will spread northward into the Turks and Caicos Islands tonight. Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch areas in Cuba tonight with tropical storm conditions possible later tonight. Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area in Florida by late Thursday, with tropical storm conditions expected by early Thursday. Tropical storm condition should reach the tropical storm warning area in Florida by early Thursday.