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Hurricane Matthew downgrades to Cat 3 but still 'extremely dangerous'

Hurricane Matthew downgrades to Cat 3 but still 'extremely dangerous'

Hurricane Matthew has now downgraded to a Category 3 storm but still remains 'extremely dangerous.'

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According to the 2 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Matthew --- continues to batter Florida's coast.

The eye is 45 miles east of Vero Beach, Florida.

Palm Beach County continues to get battered with bands from the potentially disastrous storm with wind gusts exceeding 60+ mph, but dodged a direct hit from the storm.

Indian River and St. Lucie Counties are getting gusts up to 70 mph.

Power outages remain widespread in our viewing area. Palm Beach: 79,130, Martin: 30,950, St. Lucie: 23,710, Indian River: 20,420 and Brevard: 304,400.

Winds are clocked around 120 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane Force winds will continue into Palm Beach and north throughout tomorrow morning.

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.

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


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The eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 27.6 North, longitude 79.7 West.

Matthew is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected later today, and a turn toward the north is expected tonight or Saturday.

On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will be moving near or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through tonight, and near or over the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday.



2AM ADVISORY

...EYE OF EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW MOVING CLOSER TO THE

EAST COAST OF FLORIDA...

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

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LOCATION...27.6N 79.7W

ABOUT 45 MI...70 KM E OF VERO BEACH FLORIDA

ABOUT 80 MI...125 KM SE OF CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...120 MPH...195 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...938 MB...27.70 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...

* 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

* 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 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 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located

by NOAA Doppler weather radars and an Air Force Reserve Hurricane

Hunter aircraft near latitude 27.6 North, longitude 79.7 West.

Matthew is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn

toward the north-northwest is expected later today, and a turn

toward the north is expected tonight or Saturday. On the forecast

track, the center of Matthew will be moving near or over the east

coast of the Florida peninsula through tonight, and near or over the

coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 120 mph (195 km/h)

with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Although some additional

weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Matthew is expected

to be a powerful category 3 hurricane as it moves near 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). During the past hour, a wind gust to 70 mph (113

km/h) was reported at Vero Beach, Florida, and a gust to 60 mph

occurred at Melbourne, Florida.

The latest minimum central pressure reported by the reconnaissance

aircraft was 938 mb (27.70 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Hurricane conditions should diminish over portions of the

northwestern Bahamas this morning.

Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach the hurricane

warning area in Florida during the next several hours and will

spread northward within the warning area through today. Tropical

storm conditions will continue to spread northward in the warning

area along the Florida east coast today.

Hurricane conditions are expected to spread northward in the warning

area in Georgia and South Carolina tonight and Saturday with

tropical storm conditions expected later today.

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 tonight 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 northern Bahamas...8 to 12 inches, isolated 15 inches

The Atlantic coast of the United States from Central Florida to

eastern North Carolina...6 to 12 inches with isolated totals near

15 inches along the coasts

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 500 AM EDT.

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Forecaster Stewart

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