As of 11 am Hurricane Matthew was about 390 miles southeast of Jamaica. With wind speeds of 145 mph, Matthew is still a very powerful category 4 hurricane.
The storm is moving west at 6 mph, but is expected to take a turn toward the north the remainder of the weekend. On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti by late Sunday/early 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.
- 2-4″ with isolated areas seeing more in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao
- 2-4″ with isolated higher amounts along the Colombian coast
- 10-15″ with isolated amount of 20″+ across Jamaica and southern/southwestern Haiti. This could produce life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides
After the storm makes landfall in 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 Lowcountry can expect minimal impacts next week:
- Rough Surf
- Rip Currents
- Possible Beach Erosion
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