Hurricane Matthew Update…Saturday, 11:35 a.m.

Matthew is continuing to weaken, bringing it down to a category 1 hurricane. Max sustained winds are around 75 mph, which are still very strong winds, despite them not being like they were a few days ago with winds in the triple digits. The turn into the Atlantic has already started with the center of Matthew now beginning to move northeast.

Over the next 12 hours, Matthew is projected to continue weaken as a cold front from the west pushes Matthew further out into the Atlantic.  As the front imbeds itself with Matthew, circulation will weaken further. Likely by tonight, Matthew will no longer be a hurricane, and be ranked as a tropical storm with winds below 75 mph. As Matthew moves into Atlantic, tracks are debating on whether it will continue to move out into the Atlantic, or try and keep the “loop” that has been the current model projection since the middle of this past week. Regardless of path, conditions will be very unfavorable for any growth because of shear from the front pushing from the west. Right now, by tomorrow, models are wanting to bring Matthew all the way down from a tropical depressoin to a tropical low.

The next 12 hours will be an interesting 12 hours to see how strong or weak the turn will be for Matthew and how soon it will continue to weaken, so stay posted with us on updates!

Reggie Roakes

WVUA 23 News


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