Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The eye of extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew made landfall near Les Angais in western Haiti at 7 a.m. EDT. The eye is located at hour later ( 8 a.m. EDT) about 10 miles (15 km) east of that city and about 125 miles (200 km) south of the eastern tip of Cuba. Maximum sustained winds remain near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through at least Wednesday night.
A Hurricane Warning continues for Haiti, the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Granma, and Las Tunas, and the Southeast, Central and Northwest Bahamas. A Hurricane Watch continues for the Cuban province of Camaguey. A Tropical Storm Warning continues for the Dominican Republic from Barahona westward to the border with Haiti, as well as Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Islands. A Tropical Storm Watch continues for the Dominican Republic from Puerto Plata westward to the border with Haiti. Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola and in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys should monitor the progress of Matthew. Tropical storm and/or hurricane watches are likely for portions of the Florida peninsula and Florida Keys later this morning.
Tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect portions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week or this weekend, even if the center of Matthew remains offshore. It is too soon to specify what, if any, direct impacts Matthew might have on the remainder of the U.S. east coast farther north. At a minimum, very dangerous beach and boating conditions are likely along much of the U.S. east coast later this week and weekend.
For the latest information, go directly to the NHC website atwww.hurricanes.gov
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