While Matthew hasn’t moved too much this morning, it is still a powerful category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of 140 mph.
As of 11 am, Matthew was 310 miles south southeast of Jamaica. The storm is slowly moving west a 3 mph.
The storm is forecasted to hit Haiti and Jamaica on Monday as a major category 3 hurricane. Hurricane force winds and rainfall accumulation near 10-20 inches, but some areas could see close to 40 inches of rain before the storm moves out. This type of rain can produce life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides. Dangerous storm surges and very large waves will also be an issue for the islands.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Jamaica, Haiti, and parts of Cuba.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for parts of Cuba, spots in the Bahamas, as well as the island of Turks and Caicos.
Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches are also in place for parts of the Dominican Republic
After the storm moves out of Cuba and towards the Bahamas, the future path and strength of Matthew becomes more uncertain.
The cone of uncertainty gets even larger as we get into late next week. Here is a look at some of the different forecast models and their tracks. A lot the models keep Matthew out to sea, but it is still too early to rule out landfall on the U.S. east coast.
Even if the storm stays in the Atlantic ocean the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry could see a few impacts. Local Impacts next week include:
- Rough Surf
- High Risk of Rip Currents
- Beach Erosion