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Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall as Category 1

Hurricane Matthew officially made landfall at 10:45am EDT at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina as a category 1 hurricane. Matthew continues to move towards the northeast at 12-mph. Matthew will continue to move near or over the coast of South Carolina today, and be the coast of North Carolina by tonight.

Matthew has maximum sustained winds near 75-mph, with higher gusts in localized areas. Although weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Matthew is expected to remain near hurricane strength wile the center is near the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

Along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts, southwest of Matthew’s center, inundation caused by Matthew’s storm surge will slowly recede today.

Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches near and east of Interstate 95 in South Carolina and North Carolina, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches. Matthew is expected to produce 2 to 6 inches of rain over central South Carolina, western North Carolina, and southeastern Virginia.

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