Matthew Descends Upon Haiti, New Projection Shows Space Coast Impacted By Thursday
By Space Coast Daily // October 4, 2016
Category 4 Hurricane Matthew, Wind Speeds 145 mph
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – According to the latest track by the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Matthew’s recent projected path has aligned the system to strike Florida’s East Coast by the end of the week.
The new development projects the system to affect the Space Coast late Thursday night into Friday morning.
“Matthew is expected to bring significant impacts to Central Florida, especially along the coast starting Thursday. Please, stay informed as conditions will be changing rapidly,” said Channel 9 Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry.
“Reports from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph with higher gusts,” according to the National Hurricane Center as of Tuesday morning.
Matthew has slightly increased its max sustained wind speed from 140 mph to 145 mph as it approaches Haiti Tuesday morning.
The movement of the system continues to move to the north but it is projected to make a slight turn West on Wednesday.
I have declared a state of emergency in every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) October 3, 2016
Areas of southern Haiti are bracing for devastating rainfall amounts with some areas seeing nearly 40 inches of rain.
Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are likely from this rainfall in southern and northwestern Haiti, the southwestern Dominican Republic, and eastern Cuba, according to NHC.
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