Matthew: Sunday Morning Update

CONTINUING TO TRACK HURRICANE MATTHEW 

Hurricane Matthew made landfall southeast of McClellanville, South Carolina.  Landfall happened at around 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

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At 8 am, Hurricane Matthew is about 60  miles ESE of Cape Hatteras.  Matthew is moving toward the east-northeast near 14 mph and this motion is expected to continue today.

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Maximum sustained winds are now near 75 mph with higher gusts.  Matthew is a Post Tropical Cyclone.  Weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

STORM STATS FOR THE COASTAL EMPIRE AND LOWCOUNTRY:

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Tides/Coastal Flooding: The Fort Pulaski site is no longer reporting data… likely caused by winds stronger than 80mph.  The storm surge from Hurricane Matthew happened at the absolutely worst time. The western eyewall approached Fort Pulaski with the last high tide (1:40 a.m.), and this generate a preliminary record crest of 12.56 ft.  This breaks the old record of 12.21 ft that happened from Hurricane David in 1979.  (Charleston’s surge boosted tide levels to 9.29 ft. This is the third highest in recorded history and the highest since Hurricane Hugo in 1989.)

Rainfall Totals:  Many areas (coastal and inland) have picked up more than 12 inches of rain.

Wind Gusts:  Tybee had a wind gust of 94 mph just as the eye wall hit the coast.  Hilton Head saw 87 mph.

CURRENT FORECAST FOR THE COASTAL EMPIRE AND LOWCOUNTRY….

SUNDAY:  It will be a nice, calm day, but still a little breezy. Winds will be from the north near 10-20 mph. With sunny skies, highs will reach the upper 70s.

TONIGHT:  Skies will be clear, and it will turn much cooler. This will be the coolest weather the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry has seen since May. Temperatures will drop to the 50s!!

NEXT WEEK…  Our weather will be nice and storm free.  It actually will begin unseasonably cool with highs in the lower to mid 70s on Monday and Tuesday. Overnight lows will drop to the 50s.  We will start to warm up by mid week with temperatures in the upper 70s low 80s during the day, with 50-60s overnight.

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