At 2pm…Matthew is in very weak steering currents and moving erratically.
Hurricane Matthew was about 400 miles southeast of Kingston in Jamaica. Matthew has weakened just slightly… but it is still a very powerful hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph… a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
The storm is drifting south at 2 mph. A faster forward motion to the west should resume this afternoon… followed by a turn to the west-northwest tonight. A turn to the north/northwest on Sunday will be followed by a northward motion Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti Sunday night and Monday.
The current forecast has Matthew hitting Jamaica as a category 3 hurricane, before losing some strength and hitting Cuba as a category 2 hurricane.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Jamaica and Haiti. Hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall are expected.
After the storm move north of Cuba… the computer models begin to disagree with where the storm will move next. Some have the storm staying out to sea, while others have the path clipping portions of the southeastern Florida coast.
Each colored line is a weather computer model’s guess of where the storm will go. There is still a lot of uncertainty with Matthew’s future path/intensity.
For now the Coastal Empire and Low Country can expect minimal impacts next week:
- Rough Surf
- Rip Currents
- Possible Beach Erosion
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