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Hurricane Matthew track shifts slightly north of Palm Beach County

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The power category 4 storm's 10 mile jog to the east may have given Palm Beach County a better chance of not getting a direct hit from potentially disastrous Hurricane Matthew.

According to the 8 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the new track for Matthew show the storm has slightly shifted north of Palm Beach County. The eye may now brush Martin County area.

Winds are clocked around 130 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is approximately 75 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida.

Conditions along the Florida coast are expected to worsen as the day progresses, with the storm closing in on the coast.

The storm is now 75 miles east southeast from West Palm Beach.

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Forecasters remind residents to not focus on the track of the storm.

Regardless of its exact path, Matthew will be an extremely dangerous Hurricane. There is a potential for widespread to extensive damage over most of southeast Florida.

At 8 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located over the western end of Grand Bahama Island near latitude 26.6 North, longitude 78.9 West.

The hurricane is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph , and this general motion is expected to continue tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest early Friday.

The next few hours, the eye will move away from Grand Bahama Island and move close to or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through Friday night.



8PM ADVISORY

...EYE OF EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW OVER THE WESTERN

END OF GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND...

...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS SPREADING ONTO THE FLORIDA EAST

COAST...

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

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LOCATION...26.6N 78.9W

ABOUT 15 MI...25 KM WNW OF FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND

ABOUT 75 MI...120 KM E OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...210 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...939 MB...27.73 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Hurricane Warning has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning

from south of Boca Raton, Florida, to north of Golden Beach.

The Tropical Warning has been discontinued south of Ocean Reef,

Florida, to Chokoloskee.

The Tropical Storm Watch has been discontinued south of

Englewood to Chokoloskee.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* Northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry

Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence

* Boca Raton to South Santee River

* Lake Okeechobee

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Ocean Reef to south of Boca Raton

* Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge eastward

* Florida Bay

* Anclote River to Suwannee River

* North of South Santee River to Surf City

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

* Englewood to Anclote River

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

in the Carolinas should monitor the progress of Matthew.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected

somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued

36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-

force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or

dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be

rushed to completion.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are

expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

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

over the western end of Grand Bahama Island near latitude 26.6

North, longitude 78.9 West. The hurricane is moving toward the

northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general motion is expected

to continue tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest early

Friday. On the forecast track, the eye of Matthew should move away

from Grand Bahama Island during the next few hours, and move close

to or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through Friday

night.

Reports from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum

sustained winds are now near 130 mph (210 km/h) with higher gusts.

Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane

Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely while the

hurricane moves toward the coast of Florida.

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). Settlement Point in the Bahamas recently reported

a sustained wind of 79 mph (128 km/h) with a gust of 105 mph (169

km/hr). The Lake Worth Pier near Palm Beach, Florida, recently

reported a sustained wind of 46 mph (74 km/h) and a wind gust of 60

mph (96 km/h).

The minimum central pressure estimated from NOAA Hurricane Hunter

data is 939 mb (27.73 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Hurricane conditions will continue over portions of the

northwestern Bahamas this evening.

Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach the hurricane

warning area in Florida this evening and will spread northward

within the warning area through Friday. Tropical storm conditions

will continue to spread northward in the warning area along the

Florida east coast tonight and Friday.

Hurricane conditions are expected to spread northward in the warning

area in Georgia and South Carolina Friday night and Saturday with

tropical storm conditions expected on Friday.

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 on Friday night and Saturday.

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...

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

portions of the St. Johns River...7 to 11 ft

Edisto Beach to South Santee River, South Carolina...4 to 6 ft

Boca Raton to Sebastian Inlet, Florida...4 to 6 ft

South Santee River, South Carolina, to Cape Fear, North Carolina...2

to 4 ft

Virginia Key to Boca Raton, Florida...1 to 3 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, the Georgia coast, and the South Carolina coast from

Boca Raton, Florida, to South Santee River, South Carolina.

There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the

next 48 hours from north of South Santee River, South Carolina, to

Cape Fear, 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 rainfall amounts in

the following areas:

The central and northern Bahamas...8 to 12 inches, isolated 15

inches

Coastal eastern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and southeast

North Carolina....5 to 10 inches, isolated 12 inches

Rainfall should diminish across central and eastern Cuba with

isolated additional amounts of 1 to 2 inches possible through this

evening.

TORNADOES: An isolated tornado or two is possible along the

east-central Florida coast tonight.

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 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 complete advisory at 1100 PM EDT.

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Forecaster Beven

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