U.S. East Coast Watches for Potential Impacts From Hurricane Matthew
Residents living along the east coast of the United States should be on the lookout for possible impacts from Matthew.
Hurricane Matthew remains a strong category four hurricane as of early Saturday afternoon with sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm has been downgraded from a category five– once packing winds of 160 mph, roughly 80 miles off the Columbia coastline. Matthew broke a record for the Atlantic’s furthest south category five storm.
Matthew is fighting increased wind shear and the overall intensity is expected to gradually weaken to a category three storm by Monday morning. This is when the storm is expected to pass over or near Jamaica/ Haiti, where hurricane watches remain in effect.
Hurricane Matthew is expected to lose some strength as it passes over the mountainous Caribbean mountains.
From there, weather computer guidance tracks the center of Hurricane Matthew into the Bahamas. Conditions will be favorable for re-intensification back into a major hurricane over the Bahamas.
Those living along the east coast need to monitor the latest forecast as Hurricane Matthew begins to move northward. Southeast Florida is in the forecast cone of uncertainty for the Wednesday/ Thursday time frame.
— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) October 1, 2016
The National Hurricane Center stresses there is an average forecast error of 230 miles for day five, making it imperative that east coast residents monitor the latest forecast.
Despite whether or not Matthew remains offshore, the east coast will likely experience some form of impact.
Coastal communities need to be on the lookout for high surf, coastal flooding, beach erosion and rip currents. A track closer to the coast would mean more serious implications as a result of Hurricane Matthew.