A-1-A is partly washed out. Flagler Beach remains closed. Curfew is over in Flagler County. Store shelves empty of water in Brevard County. These photos courtesy of Amy Schindler, Dalton AKA Smitty and WESH-TV on Twitter.
“The northern eye wall of Hurricane Matthew lashing Hilton Head Island and Prichards Island, South Carolina with hurricane force winds. Storm surge flooding in Georgia and South Carolina,” the National Hurricane Center reported at 5 a.m. Eastern Time today.
The Category 2 hurricane was 20 miles southeast of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and 60 miles south southwest of Charleston, South Carolina.
At 7 a.m. Eastern time, Hurricane Matthew was moving NNE at 12 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
The hurricane traveled up Florida’s east coast but never made landfall.
Florida Governor Rick Scott will be in Jacksonville, Florida today to tour the area now that Matthew has left Florida’s east coast. At 6 a.m. Eastern Time today (Saturday), Scott tweeted 1,056,696 Floridians lost power as Matthew hammered the state’s east coast with storm surge, flooding, heavy rain and strong winds, some over 90 miles an hour from late Thursday to Friday night.
Flagler (94%), Nassau (64%), Brevard (47%), St. Johns (79%) and Volusia(88%) counties lost electricity with lesser outages across the state. This morning, 10% of Floridians have no power.
“Storm surge flooding continues in NE Florida. Stay indoors!” Governor Scott tweeted late Friday night.
Florida has set up a price-gouging hotline. Call 1-866-9-NO-SCAM or visit http://www.myfloridalegal.com to report high prices or fraud related to Hurricane Matthew.
To assess and report Matthew damage, go to http://www.flvbeoc.org.
For more information, visit floridadisaster.org/info/power/Pow
Here is the 5 a.m. Public Advisory from the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Matthew:
“SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 20 MI…30 KM SE OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 60 MI…100 KM SSW OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…105 MPH…165 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 15 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…955 MB…28.20 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
All tropical cyclone warnings have been discontinued south of
Altamaha Sound, Georgia.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* North of Altamaha Sound to Surf City
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* North of Surf City to Cape Lookout
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* North of Surf City to Duck
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Matthew was
located by NOAA Doppler weather radars, and Air Force Reserve and
NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft, near latitude 32.0 North, longitude
80.5 West. Matthew is moving toward the north-northeast near 12 mph
(19 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue this
morning. A turn toward the northeast is expected by this afternoon.
On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move near or over
the coast of South Carolina this morning, and be near the coast of
southern North Carolina by tonight.
Reports from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum
sustained winds remain near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts.
Although weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Matthew is
expected to remain a hurricane while the center is near the coasts
of South Carolina and North Carolina.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the
center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185
miles (295 km). Hurricane-force wind gusts are now occurring along
the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina from Tybee Island, Georgia,
to Pritchards Island, South Carolina.
The minimum central pressure recently reported by Air Force Reserve
and NOAA reconnaissance aircraft was 955 mb (28.20 inches).”
—-National Hurricane Center