Hurricane Matthew is expected to approach very close to the east central Florida coast Thursday night and into Friday. On Thursday night into Friday morning at daybreak, Matthew, a very strong hurricane, will begin to impact the eastern Florida coastline.
Along the coast, devastating impacts from strong and damaging hurricane force winds are expected. Maximum storm surge of 5 to 7 feet will also produce sea water flooding in vulnerable locations. Heavy rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches with isolated amounts to 10 inches are forecast, which could produce flooding.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Florida coastline. Sustained winds of 75 to 95-mph with gusts to 115-mph, will be likely. The wind threat has increased from previous forecasts. Potential impacts include structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with complete roof and wall failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over. Widespread power and communication outages.
Hurricane Matthew will then continue up the east coast, and will impact the South Carolina coast by Saturday afternoon. Continue to follow WeatherNation on-air and online for the latest hurricane updates.