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2 a.m. advisory out for potentially devastating Hurricane Matthew

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The latest advisory for extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew has been released.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there is a potential for widespread to extensive damage over most of southeast Florida. Devastating impacts remain a concern for coastal Palm Beach County.

Forecasters from NWC say 'do not focus on the track of the storm. Regardless of its exact path, Matthew will be an extremely dangerous Hurricane that will move very near southeastern Florida coast Thursday and Thursday night.'

Hurricane Matthew continues on same path as earlier--- it has picked up speed and looking better organized as heads toward Florida.

Hurricane Matthew is only 295 miles away from West Palm Beach, Florida. Matthew is forecast to be a 'potentially devastating' Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida.

The 2 a.m. advisory says the storm is expected to intensify tonight and into Thursday while it heads to Florida's east coast.

The new track from the National Hurricane Center puts the deadly storm just 30 miles from of West Palm Beach Friday.

Matthew will be moving across the Bahamas tonight and tomorrow, and is expected to be very near the east coast of Florida by tomorrow night.

The recent weakening is likely to be short-lived, as Matthew as expected to intensify later tonight and Thursday.

The hurricane is expected to remain at a category 3 or stronger intensity while it moves through the Bahamas and approaches the east coast of Florida.

LIST OF STORM SHELTERS

Tropical storm conditions should reach our area early Thursday.

Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area in Florida by late Thursday. Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach our area by late Thursday and will spread northward Thursday night and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are around 115 mph, with higher gusts and expected to strengthen the next 12 hours back into a Category 4 storm.

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The center of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 23.7 North, longitude 76.7 West.

Matthew is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected Thursday night.

The eye of Matthew should pass near Andros Island and New Providence in the northwestern Bahamas early this morning, then pass near Grand Bahama Island late today, and move very close to the east coast of the Florida peninsula Thursday night through Friday night.

The Hurricane Watch has been extended northward from Fernandina Beach to Savannah River. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Florida Gulf Coast from north of Chokoloskee to Suwannee River.

On this track, Matthew will be moving across the Bahamas tonight and tomorrow, and is expected to be very near the east coast of Florida by tomorrow night.

EVACUATION ROUTES


LIST OF CLOSINGS

CBS12 asks that you continue to monitor our forecasts and weather reports because details may change as the storm's path continues to fluctuate as it approaches Florida.

Preparedness is always the best measure to protect yourself against pending storms.

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2 AM ADVISORY

...MATTHEW POUNDING PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...

...EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY AS IT APPROACHES FLORIDA...

SUMMARY OF 200 AM EDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...23.7N 76.7W

ABOUT 100 MI...160 KM SSE OF NASSAU

ABOUT 295 MI...480 KM SE OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...954 MB...28.17 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* Southeastern Bahamas, including the Inaguas, Mayaguana, Acklins,

Crooked Island, Long Cay, and Ragged Island

* Central Bahamas, including Long Island, Exuma, Rum Cay,

San Salvador, and Cat Island

* Northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island,

Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and

New Providence

* North of Golden Beach to Fernandina Beach

* Lake Okeechobee

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* North of Fernandina Beach to Edisto Beach

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Chokoloskee to Golden Beach

* Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge eastward

* Florida Bay

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

* North of Chokoloskee to Suwannee River

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected

somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life

and property should be rushed to completion.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible

within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours

before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force

winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or

dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are

possible within the watch area.

Interests elsewhere in the Florida Peninsula, the Florida Keys, and

in the Carolinas should monitor the progress of Matthew.

For storm information specific to your area in the United

States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please

monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service

forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside

the United States, please monitor products issued by your national

meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Hurricane Matthew was

located near latitude 23.7 North, longitude 76.7 West. Matthew is

moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this general

motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the

north-northwest is expected Thursday night. On the forecast

track, the eye of Matthew should pass near Andros Island and

New Providence in the northwestern Bahamas early this morning, then

pass near Grand Bahama Island late today, and move very close to

the east coast of the Florida peninsula Thursday night through

Friday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher

gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson

Hurricane Wind Scale. Strengthening is expected during the next

day or so, and Matthew is forecast to be a category 4 hurricane as

it approaches the east coast of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from

the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175

miles (280 km). An unofficial observing site on Staniel Cay in the

Exumas recently reported a sustained wind of 87 mph (140 km/h)

with a gust to 92 mph (148 km/h).

The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force

Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft was 954 mb (28.17 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Hurricane conditions will continue over the central Bahamas

and spread into the northwestern Bahamas today. Winds will

gradually diminish over the southeastern Bahamas this morning.

Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach the hurricane

warning area in Florida by late today and will spread northward

Thursday night and Friday. Tropical storm conditions are first

expected in Florida by late this morning.

Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch area in

Georgia and South Carolina by late Friday, with tropical storm

conditions possible on Friday.

Tropical storm conditions are possible in the tropical storm watch

area on the Florida Gulf Coast beginning later today.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large

and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as the

following amounts above normal tide levels...

Northern Coast of Cuba east of Camaguey...1 to 3 feet

The Bahamas...10 to 15 feet

The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak

surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Sebastian Inlet to Savannah River...5 to 8 ft

Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet...3 to 5 ft

Virginia Key to Deerfield Beach...1 to 2 ft

Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge

and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.

Large waves generated by Matthew will cause water rises to occur

well in advance of and well away from the track of the center.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause

normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters

moving inland from the shoreline. There is a danger of life-

threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida

east coast from Deerfield Beach to Fernandina Beach.

There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the

next 48 hours from north of Fernandina Beach to Edisto Beach.

For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the Prototype National

Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic. For information

specific to your area, please see products issued by your local

National Weather Service forecast office.

The Prototype Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic is a depiction of

areas that would qualify for inclusion under a storm surge watch or

warning currently under development by the National Weather Service

and planned for operational use in 2017. The Prototype Graphic is

available at hurricanes.gov.

RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall amounts in

the following areas:

Eastern Cuba...8 to 12 inches, isolated 20 inches

Central Cuba...3 to 5 inches, isolated 8 inches

The Bahamas...8 to 12 inches, isolated 15 inches

Turks and Caicos Islands...2 to 5 inches, isolated 8 inches

Coastal eastern Florida....4 to 7 inches, isolated 10 inches

Florida Keys....1 to 3 inches, isolated 5 inches

Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are likely in central

and eastern Cuba.

SURF: Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect portions

of the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next few days,

and will spread northward along the east coast of Florida and the

southeast U.S. coast tonight and Thursday and continue into the

weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and

rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local

weather office.

NEXT ADVISORY

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Next complete advisory at 500 AM EDT.

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Forecaster Brown

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