UPDATE: Hurricane Matthew Moves To Category 4, Moving Quicker Towards Space Coast
By Hurricane Matthew Updates // October 6, 2016
winds have increased dramatically to 140 mph
ABOVE VIDEO: Authorities urged more than 2 million people to evacuate their homes in coastal Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as hurricane Matthew gains strength. CNN’s Chad Myers reports.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hurricane Center’s latest report reveals max sustained winds have increased dramatically to 140 mph for Hurricane Matthew.
The eye is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph between Andros Island and Nassau in the Bahamas.
“This is a dangerous storm,” Scott said. “The storm has already killed people. We should expect the same impact in Florida.”
Reports form an Air Force plane indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Some additional strengthening is possible, and Matthew should remain a Category 4 hurricane while it approaches the Florida coast.
Experts remind residents winds increase rapidly in elevation in a tropical cyclone. Residents in high-rise buildings should be aware that the winds at the top of a 30-story building will be, on average, about one Saffir-Simpson category higher than the winds near the surface.
The death toll from Hurricane Matthew rose to 65 in Haiti, local officials told Reuters on Thursday, but they said they still lacked a clear picture of what they fear is the country’s biggest disaster in years.
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