As the Eastern Seaboard prepares for the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew, it’s important to know all the facts about the serious tropical storm. Will Hurricane Matthew hit where you live, and if so, when will it happen? Click through to find out.
Hurricane Matthew has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a full-blown category 4 hurricane at this point, which is rightfully worrying those living in the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States. The major Hurricane Matthew briefly elevated to a horrific category 5 storm overnight on September 30, the first of its kind since Hurricane Felix in 2007. Thankfully, that intensity has died down somewhat.
As of publishing, the storm was located about 380 miles south of Port Au Prince, Haiti. Around the eye of the hurricane, winds are whipping at 160mph, and by the late afternoon of October 1, or on the morning of October 2, the storm may be taking a sharp turn into the Caribbean Sea. Impact on Jamaica and Hispañola (particularly Haiti), and eastern Cuba could occur as soon as the night of Sunday, October 2.
The storm may reach the United States on October 4 or 5 (Tuesday or Wednesday), impacting the eastern coast of Florida. As for the rest of the country, it’s still too early to determine whether or not Hurricane Matthew will touch down at all. We’ll likely know a lot more once the storm hits the Caribbean sea, and it’s trajectory is more focused.
But, according to weather.com, even if Hurricane Matthew stays away from the East Coast, there’s still a huge threat of large swells, coastal flooding, and beach erosion. There’s also the possibility that the hurricane could be hitting the Gulf of Mexico instead of the East Coast. But again, it’s still to early at this point to tell.
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