First Warning Forecast: Tracking the very latest with Hurricane Matthew

Posted at 1:21 PM, Oct 03, 2016


Tracking the very latest with Hurricane Matthew….All eyes are on Hurricane Matthew as the storms makes its way north through the Caribbean. The hurricane will affect Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba before moving over the Bahamas through the middle of the work week. Matthew will be closest to us on Saturday into Sunday. However, it is still too early to tell the exact impacts Matthew will have for our weather this weekend. It will ultimately depend on Matthew’s track. We’ll continue to keep an eye on it for you through the week.

In the meantime, as we move through our Monday night, we’ll see partly cloudy skies. A stray shower is possible, but most areas will be dry. Low temperatures will be in the mid 60s. On Tuesday, we’ll see much of the same, with partly cloudy skies and a stray shower or two. Highs will be in the mid 70s. Winds will be breezy from the northeast between 10 and 15 mph. Gusts will climb to around 25 mph.

Temperatures will dip into the lower 70s Wednesday and Thursday as our winds continue to pick up even more from the northeast. As a result, we’ll likely see some tidal flooding around high tide, even on Tuesday.  Later this week into the weekend, rain chances will increase, all depending on Matthew’s track. Highs are expected in the 70s.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Stray Shower (10%). Lows in the mid 60s. Winds: NE 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Clouds and Sun. Isolated Showers (20%). Breezy. Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: NE 10-15 mph, gusts to 25 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy. Isolated Showers (20%). Breezy. Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: NE 15-25 mph, gusts to 30 mph.

Weather & Health for Tuesday

Pollen: Low to Moderate (Ragweed, Sagebrush)

UV Index: High

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Tropical Update

5:00 PM EDT Mon Oct 3
Location: 16.3°N 74.7°W
Moving: N at 7 mph
Min pressure: 940 mb
Max sustained: 140 mph

Hurricane Matthew is moving toward Haiti. Matthew is centered about 225 miles SW of Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is moving north at 7 mph. A northward motion at a faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach southwestern Haiti tonight, move near eastern Cuba late Tuesday, and move near or over portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is a dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

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