Hurricane Matthew: 5pm Monday Update

Life-threatening rain, wind and storm surge expected in parts of Haiti tonight.

Hurricane warning issued for the central Bahamas.

At 5pm, the eye of Hurricane Matthew was about 140 miles south of Tiburon, Haiti, latitude 16.3 north, longitude 74.7 west.  Matthew is moving toward the north near 7 mph.  A northward motion at a faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night.  A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Wednesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach southwestern Haiti tonight, move near eastern Cuba late Tuesday, and move near or over parts of the southeastern and central Bahamas Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

Southern Haiti could pick up as much as 40 inches of rain.

By the time it is offshore the Georgia/South Carolina coast… it will likely be a Category 2 or 3 storm. The question is how close to our coast will Matthew track?

A farther west track would bring greater impacts… while a farther east track would bring fewer impacts.

The track has shifted a bit west tonight… and at the very least… we should expect some impacts including rough surf… rip currents… beach erosion… and at least some rain and wind along the coast.

Those impacts could begin as early as Wednesday night and continue on Saturday before Matthew exits to our north and east.

Stay with Storm Team 3 as we continue to track Matthew, and be sure to download the WSAV weather app.

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