8am Friday Update on Matthew… #alwx @wvua23
October 7, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Friday morning! At 8am, the eye of Matthew was located about 30 miles due east Titusville, FL. The western eyewall is located very close to the east coastline of Florida, with winds of hurricane force along the immediate coast. It is interesting to note that Matthew hasn’t officially made “landfall” as the center of the storm remains just to the east of the coast by maybe 30 miles or so. The core of the wind of 120mph remains just offshore, with winds of 60 to 80 mph along the coast, causing trees and powerlines to come down. Fortunately, the core of 120mph winds is running paralell to the coast and not into the coast, but any little wobble to the west could easily put those winds into the coastline of Florida today.
Storm surge is a big deal along the east coast of Florida, with forecast storm surge of 10 feet in some areas ahead of the storm through northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Conditions this morning are very dangerous along the Florida east coast to the north of West Palm Beach. The core of dangerous winds, flooding rain and storm surge will continue to move northward this morning and approach the Jacksonville area this afternoon. The Georgia and South Carolina coast will be heavily impacted by dangerous wind, flooding rain and intense storm surge tonight and Saturday. Rain spreads well inland into Florida and Georiga, but the main wind damage will be in a strip within 50 miles of the coastline today and tonight.
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist