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Hurricane Matthew to intensify later tonight while making its way to Florida

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As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, potentially devastating Hurricane Matthew has shifted more west, and has picked up speed as heads toward Florida.

Hurricane Matthew is only a few hundred miles away from West Palm Beach, Florida. The 8 p.m. advisory says the storm has weakened some but 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 40 miles from of West Palm Beach Friday. Landfall of the eye would be around Brevard County area, in the 8 p.m. 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.

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 130 mph, with higher gusts.


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The the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 23.0 North, longitude 76.0 West.

Matthew is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph.

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.

At 5pm, the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 22.5 North, longitude 75.7 West.

Matthew is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph, and this motion is expected to continue during the next 24 to 48 hours.

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.

You can double check your plan using the CBS12 Hurricane Guide here.

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8 PM ADVISORY

...RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT REPORT THAT MATTHEW HAS WEAKENED

SLIGHTLY...

...IT IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY LATER TONIGHT AND THURSDAY...

SUMMARY OF 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...23.0N 76.0W

ABOUT 270 MI...275 KM SSE OF NASSAU

ABOUT 360 MI...580 KM SE OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA

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

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...962 MB...28.41 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 the Flagler/Volusia county line

* Lake Okeechobee

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* North of the Flagler/Volusia county line to Savannah River

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 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, generally within 48 hours.

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 800 PM EDT (0000 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located

near latitude 23.0 North, longitude 76.0 West. Matthew is moving

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

expected to continue during the next 24 to 48 hours. 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.

Reports from NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft

indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 115

mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane

on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. 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.

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).

The minimum central pressure reported by the Hurricane Hunter

aircraft is 962 mb (28.41 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Hurricane conditions will continue over the central Bahamas

and spread into the northwestern Bahamas tonight and Thursday.

Winds will gradually diminish over the southeastern Bahamas tonight.

Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach the hurricane

warning area in Florida by late Thursday and will spread northward

Thursday night and Friday. Tropical storm conditions are first

expected in Florida by early Thursday.

Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch area in

Florida and Georgia 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 on Thursday.

Wind gusts to tropical storm force are still possible along the

north coast of central and eastern Cuba through this evening.

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

Western Haiti...additional 2 to 4 inches, isolated storm totals of

40 inches

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

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

Northeastern Haiti and the Northern Dominican Republic...1 to 3

inches, isolated 5 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 southern

and northwestern Haiti and central and eastern Cuba.

Rainfall will diminish across Jamaica and the Dominican Republic

this evening.

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...4 to 6 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 the Flagler/Volusia county line.

There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the

next 48 hours from north of the Flagler/Volusia county line to

Savannah River. 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.

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 1100 PM EDT.

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Forecaster Beven

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