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Devastating Damage: Hurricane Matthew continues to batter North Florida

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The 'disastrous' Hurricane Matthew continues to batter North Florida as it continues to move up the east coast.

According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Matthew remains as a strong Category 2 storm and is just off the coast of Jacksonville.

Winds are clocked around 110 mph with higher gusts.

The storm has caused devastating damage to the St. Augustine area, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville area.

Matthew is expected to remain a hurricane until it begins to move away from the southeastern United States on Sunday and then loop back around possibly heading back into our area later next week.


5PM FRIDAY ADVISORY

...HURRICANE MATTHEW CAUSES DEVASTATION ALONG THE NORTHEAST

COAST OF FLORIDA...

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...30.2N 80.7W

ABOUT 40 MI...70 KM E OF JACKSONVILLE BEACH FLORIDA

ABOUT 135 MI...215 KM S OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...948 MB...28.00 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

All coastal warnings have been discontinued south of the

Volusia/Brevard county line.

The Hurricane Warning from the Volusia/Brevard county line to the

Flagler/Volusia county line has been changed to a Tropical Storm

Warning.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* North of Flagler/Volusia county line 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...

* Volusia/Brevard county line to the Flagler/Volusia county line

* 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

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At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located

near latitude 30.2 North, longitude 80.7 West. Matthew is moving

toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected

to continue tonight. A turn toward toward the north-northeast and

then to the northeast is expected on Saturday. On the forecast

track, the center of Matthew will continue to move near or over the

coast of northeast Florida and Georgia through tonight, and near or

over the coast of South Carolina on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher

gusts. Although weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours,

Matthew is expected to remain a hurricane until it begins to move

away from the southeastern United States on Sunday.

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). A private weather station in Jacksonville recently

reported a wind gust of 82 mph (131 km/h).

The minimum central pressure recently reported by NOAA and Air Force

Hurricane Hunter planes was 948 mb (28.00 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are expected to

continue over the warning area in Florida tonight, and spread

northward within the warning area through Saturday.

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.

Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch and

Tropical Storm Warning area in North Carolina by Saturday night or

Sunday morning, with tropical storm conditions expected by Saturday

morning.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge, the tide,

and large and destructive waves will cause normally dry areas near

the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the

shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground

if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Flagler Beach, Florida, to Edisto Beach, South Carolina, including

portions of the St. Johns River...6 to 9 ft

Volusia/Brevard county line to Flagler Beach, Florida...4 to 6 ft

Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Cape Fear, North Carolina...

5 to 7 ft

Cape Fear to Duck, North Carolina, including portions of the

Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds...2 to 4 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of

onshore winds. 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. For information specific to your area, please see

products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast

office.

There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36

hours along the Florida northeast coast, the Georgia coast, the

South Carolina coast, and the North Carolina coast from the

Volusia/Brevard county line, Florida, to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the

next 48 hours from north of Cape Fear to Duck, North Carolina. 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 rain accumulations

of 8 to 12 inches over the Atlantic coast of the United States from

northeast Florida to eastern North Carolina, with possible isolated

maximum amounts of 15 inches. This rainfall may result in life-

threatening flooding and flash flooding.

TORNADOES: Isolated tornadoes are possible across parts of the

South Carolina and Georgia coastal plains late this afternoon and

tonight.

SURF: Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect portions

of the Bahamas and the east coast of Florida during the next few

days, and will spread northward along the southeast U.S. coast

through the weekend. These swells will likely cause life-

threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products

from your local weather office.

NEXT ADVISORY

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Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM EDT.

Next complete advisory at 1100 PM EDT.

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Forecaster Avila

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