Updates on Hurricane Matthew

The track and severity of storms can change at a moments notice. Stay up-to-date on the latest information and resources available covering Matthew

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October 9

CNN is reporting nearly 900 people have been rescued in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew battered the eastern part of the state.  The number is expected to rise as other people remain trapped in their homes, authorities said. Four people remain missing in Cumberland County.

The storm killed at least seven people in the state. That brings the total death toll from Matthew to 14 in the United States:
• Seven in North Carolina
• Four in Florida
• Three in Georgia

The report also states that the storm killed hundreds in the Caribbean, almost entirely in Haiti. More than 330 people died in Haiti, according to a Haitian ambassador to the US, though others report much higher deaths. A count by Reuters, based on information from local civil protection officials, puts the Haiti death toll well over 800.

Live updates: Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath

October 6

The National Weather Service is reporting that Hurricane Matthew is not expected to reach the Northeast. The latest track, predicted by the National Hurricane Center, shows the storm hitting the east coast in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. It is expected to move off the coast, farther east and then south, as it approaches North Carolina.

The New York Times reports that President Obama has declared a state of emergency in the State of Florida with Gov. Rick Scot urging residents to evacuate:

October 4

Matthew is now a Category 4 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It made landfall in Haiti early this morning, which could see 20-40 inches of rain across the region. Matthew is the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007 and could make landfall in the U.S. later this week.

The National Hurricane Center is tracking Hurricane Matthew moving northward and it could impact Florida and the U.S. East Coast this week. Matthew will accelerate northeast this weekend but future impacts along the Northeast seaboard remain uncertain.  While the exact path will determine impacts, at least a chance of tropical storm-force winds and heavy rain is in play up the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast.  At a minimum, very dangerous beach and boating conditions are likely along much of the U.S. east coast later this week and weekend.

September 30

Matthew has been upgraded to a Category 2 Hurricane as it approaches the Caribbean this weekend and into early next week. It’s path toward the Eastern United States is still unclear.

September 28

The strong tropical wave, Invest 97L has officially developed into Tropical Storm Matthew with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.  An invest is an area of disturbed weather in the tropics that meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center in Miami identify as needing to be monitored for possible tropical cyclone development.   There are numerous “invests” each hurricane season and the cycle runs from 90L to 99L and then repeats.  An invest becomes a tropical storm once sustained winds increase to 39 mph to 73 mph.

Invest 97L officially crossed the threshold to tropical storm status late morning on Wednesday to become the 13th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.  On Wednesday morning it was near the Windward Islands and is forecast to eventually strengthen to a hurricane, posing a threat to parts of the Caribbean basin and possibly parts of the U.S. later next week.  The potential U.S. impact next week remains unclear.

 

 

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