UPDATE (9/30 11:00 PM EST) Residents in Florida, especially in South Florida and along the entire east coast, need to pay closer attention to this storm and check each National Hurricane Center advisory. This storm has become a monster and it appears that with each model update, the forecast track is nudged a little to the west. Also, the latest NHC discussion indicated that there is a "possibility that Matthew could affect Florida." Click on these links for the latest updates and discussions...
Click on this link for the latest models. The chart is animated. Click on "play" and watch how the models
shift more westerly between updates. This is very scary folks!!!!
Very dangerous category five hurricane Matthew may bring extreme destruction to Jamaica, Eastern Cuba, the Bahama Islands, and, eventually, parts of the Eastern U.S. There is also a significant chance this storm will affect Florida. The determining factor is how sharp the expected northwestern and northern turns are. Right now the timing of these turns is not certain, and this is scary. People living on the entire eastern U.S. coast from South Florida to Maine need to stay updated with this potentially dangerous situation and start planning now. This is a monster hurricane, the strongest the Atlantic has seen in nine years. Even if there is no direct impact, the U.S. eastern coast will certainly have problems with wind, rip currents, and beach erosion from Matthew.
One bright side to Matthew is that Florida and the Southeast U.S. may experience it's first taste of fall weather as the storm, along with a frontal boundary, pulls down air straight from the north. I live in central Florida, so if we stay on the back side of the storm, drier and possibly cooler air will come in from the north, and I'm going to welcome it!
Florida normally sees its first taste of fall weather around Halloween or early November. Getting it earlier will certainly be a treat. I am tired of constant 90 degree / 60% humidity weather and high electric bills.
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