Hurricane Hunters find Matthew slightly stronger.
Life-threatening rain, wind, and storm surge expected in parts of Haiti tonight.
At 11pm, the center of Hurricane Matthew was about 100 miles south of Tiburon, Haiti, latitude 16.9 north, longitude 74.6 west.
Matthew is moving toward the north near 7 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue tonight through Tuesday. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach southwestern Haiti tonight and Tuesday morning, move near eastern Cuba late Tuesday, and move near or over parts of the southeastern and central Bahamas Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Haiti… portions of eastern Cuba… and the southeast and central Bahamas.
Portions of southern Haiti could pick up isolated storm totals of rainfall as high as 40 inches.
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 into the weekend 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.