Hurricane Matthew remains a category 3 storm Friday morning…its track shifting more east as the hurricane impacts Florida. That’s better news for Florida than last night. This morning high surf, flooding, rain and strong winds continue to batter the state’s east coast. Thousands of Floridians also do not have power this morning.
Here is the National Weather Service Radar from Jacksonville, Florida and the Tampa Bay Area:
Here are Hurricane Matthew’s details from the National Hurricane Center, as of 8 a.m. Eastern Time:
“..EYEWALL OF DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW HUGGING THE COAST OF
SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 35 MI…55 KM NNE OF CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA
ABOUT 45 MI…75 KM ESE OF DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…120 MPH…195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…944 MB…27.86 INCHES
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Tropical Storm Warning along the east coast of Florida south
of Jupiter Inlet has been discontinued.
The Hurricane Warning from north of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet
has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning.
The government of the Bahamas has discontinued the Hurricane Warning
for the Bahamas.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Sebastian Inlet to South Santee River
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet
* Anclote River to Suwannee River
* North of South Santee River to Surf City
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Anna Maria Island to Anclote River
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located
near latitude 28.9 North, longitude 80.3 West. Matthew is moving
toward the north-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north is
expected tonight or Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of
Matthew will be moving near or over the east coast of the Florida
peninsula through tonight, and near or over the coasts of Georgia
and South Carolina on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher
gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale. Although weakening is forecast during the
next 48 hours, Matthew is expected to be a category 3 hurricane as
it moves near the coast of Florida today.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from
the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185
miles (295 km). Cape Canaveral recently reported and wind gust to
97 mph (155 km/h), and Daytona Beach reported a wind gust of 67 mph
The latest minimum central pressure reported by the reconnaissance
aircraft was 944 mb (27.86 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are expected to
continue over the warning area in Florida during the next several
hours, and spread northward within the warning area through today.
Tropical storm conditions will continue to spread northward in the
warning area along the Florida west coast today.
Hurricane conditions are expected to spread northward in the warning
area in Georgia and South Carolina tonight and Saturday with
tropical storm conditions expected later today.
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.
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning
area in the Carolinas tonight and Saturday.”
—National Hurricane Center Public Advisory
Here is a look at power outages from Florida Power and Light:
Theme parks in the Orlando (Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World), LEGOLAND and many others in the state are closed today and/or Saturday. Busch Gardens in Tampa will be open today. Many public school districts, colleges and universities also have cancelled classes today.
Airports along the I-95 corridor are closed or still operating until weather improves. Flights are cancelled or delayed today. Orlando airport is closed at this time.
Here’s Flight Tracker: