Major Hurricane Matthew Weakens Slightly, Winds 130 MPH, Dangerous Storm Surge Coming
By Hurricane Matthew Updates // October 6, 2016
Max Sustained Winds Of 130 mph
ABOVE VIDEO: Hurricane Matthew’s latest recording shows the eye passing through the Grand Bahama and begins to push towards Florida and the Space Coast.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hurricane Matthew’s latest recording shows the eye passing through the Grand Bahama and begins to push towards Florida and the Space Coast.
According to the National Weather Service, sustained tropical force winds of 39-74 mph are beginning Thursday night through 6 p.m. Friday, with periods of sustained hurricane force winds of 110 mph and gusts up to 140 mph.
Reports from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are now near 130 mph with higher gusts. Matthew continues to be a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
“This storm is a monster,” Gov. Rick Scott said at an evening news conference. “Matthew is likely to produce devastating impacts along portions of the east coast tonight,” he added.
President Obama declared a state of emergency for Florida and South Carolina on Thursday, clearing the way for federal aid in addition to state and local emergency response teams.
Brevard County coasts are at risk for a 7 foot+ storm surge.
ABOVE VIDEO: Report from 8:55 p.m. at Coconuts on the Beach.
The Pentagon reported the governors of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina had mobilized 4,500 National Guardsmen ahead of the hurricane.
FOX NEWS contributed to this report.