UPDATE, 11:00 a.m.: Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in McClellanville, South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center, causing serious inland flooding.
McClellanville is around 40 miles to the northeast of Charleston, which experienced flooding earlier this morning.
In the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update, Matthew was still moving at speeds near 12 mph but its maximum sustained winds had eased to 75 mph. The threshold for hurricane-strength winds is 74 mph.
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The NHC expects Matthew to continue to weaken during the next 48 hours, although it will remain at “near hurricane strength” while the eye is near the Carolina coastline.
8:00 a.m.: Hurricane Matthew is causing flash flooding and strong winds in South Carolina as it continues its path up the east coast.
As of the National Hurricane Center’s 8:00 a.m. update, Matthew had been downgraded to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and gusts along the coast as well as inland.
According to the NHC, Orangeburg reported a wind gust of 55 mph this morning, while Charleston was dealing with flooding and storm surges.
Forecasters say the center of Matthew will continue to move near or over the coast of South Carolina today, and be near the coast of southern North Carolina by tonight.
11 p.m. update: The eye of Matthews continues northward just off the coast of Georgia, bringing storm surge flooding across the north Florida and Georgia coast.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. advisory, Matthew was packing sustained winds of 105 mph as it moved north at 12 mph. Its center was about 70 miles south-southeast of Savannah, Ga. A turn toward toward the north-northeast, then to the northeast is expected Saturday.
Matthew is expected to remain a hurricane while the center is near the coast. According to the forecast, the center of Matthew will continue to move near or over the coast of Georgia through tonight, near or over the coast of South Carolina later tonight and Saturday, and near the coast of southern North Carolina on Saturday night.
Earlier Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said dangerous flooding could plague the Jacksonville area for days. “We are very concerned about storm surge and there is potential for significant flooding in Jacksonville,” Scott said at a Friday night briefing in Volusia County. “Flooding in this area could potentially last for days, and river flooding could last even longer.” At least four possible storm-related deaths have been reported in Florida.