Cat. 1 Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in South Carolina

093917w5_nl_sm-1UPDATE, 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.

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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’s worst shot may be at north end of Florida

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.

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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.

Hurricane Matthew: Storm returns to Category 4 status as it nears county

A rise in wind speed turned Hurricane Matthew back into a Category 4 storm as it neared Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

The National Weather Service in its 11 a.m. update said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. It was moving to the northwest at 14 mph and was about 180 miles southeast of West Palm Beach.

Matthew is expected to remain a category storm as it approaches Florida, the hurricane center said.

Palm Beach County can expect to feel tropical-storm force winds — 39 mph or greater — from 3 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Hurricane-force winds — 74 mph or greater — are most likely from 9 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

South Florida under hurricane warning as weaker Matthew passes Cuba

Update 2 a.m.: Matthew has dropped to category 3, packing 125-mph winds as it continues on the same track toward the Bahamas and the East Coast of the United States with much of the Florida east coast under hurricane warnings and watches. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft found the center of the hurricane north of eastern Cuba.

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Matthew was about 35 miles north-northwest of the eastern tip of Cuba and about 80 miles west-southwest of the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 a.m. advisory. It was moving north at 8 mph and is expected to strengthen back to category 4 status and bring hurricane conditions to the southeastern Bahamas this morning.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for southeast Florida from Golden Beach to Sebastian Inlet, including Lake Okeechobee. The area north of Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler-Volusia county line is under a hurricane watch. The Florida Keys are under a tropical storm warning.

The high winds of Hurricane Matthew roar over Baracoa, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The dangerous Category 4 storm blew ashore around dawn in Haiti. It unloaded heavy rain as it swirled on toward a lightly populated part of Cuba and the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
The high winds of Hurricane Matthew roar over Baracoa, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The dangerous Category 4 storm blew ashore around dawn in Haiti. It unloaded heavy rain as it swirled on toward a lightly populated part of Cuba and the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Gallery: See photos of Matthew in the Caribbean

A turn toward the north-northwest is expected today, followed by a northwest turn tonight. Forecasters expect Matthew to move across the Bahamas tonight and into Thursday. It should be very near the east coast of Florida by Thursday evening.

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 up to 45 miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 175 miles from the center of the vast, slow-moving storm.

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Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area of Florida by late Thursday, with tropical storm conditions expected by early Thursday. Tropical storm conditions should reach the tropical storm warning area of Florida by early Thursday.

Projected rainfall from the upper Florida Keys northward to coastal east-central Florida is forecast to be 4 to 7 inches. The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

There is a danger of life-threatening flooding during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast from North Palm Beach to the Sebastian Inlet.

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