Yikes. A big tropical storm named ‘Hurricane Matthew’ is making it’s way towards Florida, having strengthened into a rare Category five on Sept. 30. But don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to know about the cyclone and where it’s headed here!
1.) Hurricane Matthew rapidly intensified into a Category 5.
The tropical storm seemed to pick up speed in the late hours of Sept. 30, strengthening to a Category 5 according to the National Hurricane Center, meaning it was going 155 mph or higher! On the plus side, it did eventually calm down, turning into a Category 4 overnight. Matthew is actually the first hurricane of this magnitude since Felix back in 2007.
2.) The storm does pose a danger to certain parts of the world.
Matthew sadly left one person dead in St Vincent on it’s way into Caribbean. Residents of Jamaica, parts of Hispañola, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas are told to be cautious, especially early next week. Hurricane Matthew also has potential to hit the United States later next week, Florida specifically, but it still remains unclear since it depends on the speed.
3.) This marks the fifth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.
The season officially began on June 1 and will end Nov. 30. Hurricane Alex was the first in mid-Jan., followed by tropical storm Bonnie in late May. Then in June, tropical storms Colin and Danielle were dubbed the earliest third and fourth named storms in the Atlantic in recorded history. Now, Hurricane Matthew is on the list, also making it the strongest of the year so far.
4.) If Matthew stays offshore of the East Coast, there won’t be much of an impact.
Even so, residents are warned that there will be, “a period of rough surf, strong rip currents, beach erosion and dangerous seas that shifts northward,” according to Accuweather.com. They continue, “People along the southern Atlantic coast of the U.S. may want to consider securing their small craft and preparing to protect property against stormy conditions.”
5.) There will be rain.
Nearly 12 inches of rainfall is expected in certain areas of western Haiti, Jamaica, and parts of eastern Cuba. There may even be certain places with 16-20 inches in the mountainous areas of Jamaica and Haiti, meaning deadly flash floods and mudslides could happen.
HollywoodLifers, please prepare to stay safe and dry if you happen to be in Hurricane Matthew’s path!