Hurricane Matthew will impact the Florida Peninsula - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Hurricane Matthew will impact the Florida Peninsula

Hurricane Matthew made landfall Tuesday morning in western Haiti with 145 MPH wind. Matthew, a strong category 4 storm, is moving north at 9 MPH, but may weaken a little as it interacts with the islands, especially Cuba, over the next two days. The satellite image of this storm is impressive and shows a very well-organized system. 

Part of what fuels tropical storms and hurricanes are warm ocean water. Sea surface temperatures are in the low to mid 80s off the east coast of Florida into the Caribbean. Once this storm passes Cuba, it could actually strengthen.

The graphic below is a spaghetti plot of all the different forecast models. They are now in very good agreement on the general track. The question is: how close will it get to the Florida coast and how much will it weaken before a possible landfall somewhere along the Carolina coast? Answers will become clearer once it gets past Cuba. 

The graphic below shows the current track of potential timing and intensity. Matthew may still be a Category 3 hurricane just off the coast of central Florida on Thursday night into Friday morning and then a category two near Charleston, S.C. late Friday night into Saturday morning. The good news is that the strongest wind and heaviest rain is on the east side of the storm which should remain well offshore. So, most areas along the coast will be on the good side of the storm. 

If you have travel plans to any areas along the east coast from south Florida to North Carolina or if you have family and friends in these areas, pay attention and be prepared for gusty wind, bands of heavy rain, big waves, and surge over the next few days. We will have more updates as it approaches the U.S. coast, so check back! 

Spencer Denton
WMC Action News 5 Morning Meteorologist
First Alert Storm Tracking Team
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