Hurricane Matthew remains a powerful Category 4 storm this morning in the Central Caribbean Sea. The strongest wind at the storm’s center was 130 mph as of 5 am Monday. It was located about 230 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and moving north very slowly at just 6 mph.
Hurricane Warnings are in effect for Jamaica, Haiti, parts of Cuba, and the southeastern Bahamas. The center of Matthew will pass through the Bahamas Wednesday into Thursday, and likely pass just off the Florida and Georgia coasts sometime between late Thursday and early Saturday morning.
At this time, Matthew does look to come close enough to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry to bring some impacts, but there is still time for adjustments to the track east or west. A farther east track would mean less severe impacts, and a track farther west would mean more severe impacts. With the track as it stands right now, our primary concern would be for rough surf, rip currents, beach erosion, and at least some rain and wind, especially along the immediate coast.
As always, stay with Storm Team 3 for frequent updates this week, and make sure to download the WSAV weather app to track Matthew along with us.