It’s time to board up the windows and stock up on supplies because Hurricane Matthew is on its way! The Category 4 hurricane’s path goes right towards Florida, so many people are wondering – when and where will Hurricane Matthew hit the U.S.? Click for the latest update.
“The threat to Florida and the southeastern U.S. coast has increased,” the National Hurricane Center said late on Oct. 3, according to USA Today. Though forecasters still think it’s too soon to know if it’ll hit the US, they’re preparing for the worst.
There are two possible, extremely wide-ranging scenarios: either the storm path will directly hit anywhere from Florida to Maine, causing massive amount of rainfall and devastation to the east coast; or it’ll veer right and head out to the ocean without ever making landfall.
Even after Matthew leaves Haiti and veers right to remain offshore, tropical storm or hurricane conditions could affect portions of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina later in the week, according to Weather Underground. Yet, direct hurricane impacts are possible in Florida, with tropical storm/hurricane watches likely for the Florida Peninsula and Florida Keys.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) October 3, 2016
These conditions are likely to include storm surges, extreme winds, heavy rains, flash floods and or/mudslides. This has led Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, 59, to take no risks. “I have declared a state of emergency in every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew,” he said. Similarly, North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory, 63, did the same, placing portions of the state under an emergency.
Hurricane Matthew is currently a Category 4. While it’s expected to weaken over the course of the week, forecasters expect it to remain a hurricane over during the next 5-day period. Warm waters and favorable atmospheric conditions could even push the storm back up to a Category 5. Even if he doesn’t max out, Matthew will still have winds of 155 mph or higher, meaning that everyone in the southeast should do what they can to stay safe!
Will you be affected by Hurricane Matthew, HollywoodLifers? If so, better stay indoors and stay safe! In the meantime, our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this storm.