(WTNH) — Hurricane Matthew which has already claimed over 200 lives in the Caribbean riding up along the eastern coast of Florida early Friday morning.
As of 5:00 a.m. Friday morning, Matthew has sustained winds of 120 MPH (CAT 3) with gusts that top 150 MPH at times. Matthew has yet to make landfall and as long it it rides along the coast it will have no problem retaining its strength or even getting stronger.
Flights are being cancelled and evacuations are becoming mandatory, as they should. If Matthew makes landfall as a major Hurricane (Cat 3 or higher) it would be the first in 4,001 days (Wilma in 2005). Matthew will not only bring strong winds to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina but heavy rain as well.
Models are projected between 6-18+ inches of rain over the next 24-48 hours. As Matthew rides up the east coast of Florida it will likely pack a punch with 125+ MPH winds and gusts to 150+ MPH. These winds are strong enough to turn any object (Shingles, siding of a house or even a branch) into a deadly projectile. Losing power is almost certain.
Along with the dangerous winds and flooding rain comes a deadly storm surge. The biggest killer in hurricanes are typically storm surge. Models are projecting a storm surge of 5-10+ FT along the FL, GA and SC coast. Looking at the glass half full, the spread of the strongest winds don’t stretch too far for such a powerful storm. Hurricane force winds (74 MPH or higher) reach roughly 60 miles away from the eye and Tropical Storm force (39 MPH or higher) winds stretch 185 miles away. However, these winds will be felt along the coast and will certainly threaten the area.
Below is the current track of Hurricane Matthew as of 5 AM. Matthew is projected to ride along the coastline of Florida eventually hitting Georgia and South Carolina as well before coming back out to the Atlantic Ocean. I want to make it clear that Matthew will have NO IMPACT on the weather in Connecticut. We are looking at great weather the next couple of days with the only hiccup in the forecast being a couple showers on Saturday that have no relation to Matthew.
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