First Warning Forecast: Hurricane Matthew continues to move up the east coast

Posted at 11:31 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-08 11:35:48-04

***A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Surf City to Duck, NC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.***

***Flash Flood Watch in effect Saturday through Sunday for Northampton, Hertford, Gates, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, Bertie, Chowan and Perquimans county in North Carolina. For Southampton, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton and Franklin in Virginia. ***

Hurricane Matthew continues to move out of northern Florida and is lashing Georgia and South Carolina.

Matthew made landfall near McClellanville, South Carolina as Category 1 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Click here for live updates on Hurricane Matthew all day Saturday.

Rain from Matthew will build in from south to north on Saturday and will build out from west to east on Sunday. Our best chance for rain will be Saturday evening thought Sunday morning. Winds will crank up for Saturday night and through Sunday. Most areas will feel winds 20 to 30 with higher gusts possible.

Hurricane Matthew impacts

  • Expect 2”-4” inches of rainfall for most of Hampton Roads and 4”-6” for the southern Southside and Northeastern North Carolina with localized higher totals possible. The general trend will be higher rainfall totals to the SE and lower totals to the NW.
  • A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for parts of the Southside and most of NE NC from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.
  • Expect near tropical storm strength winds (40+ mph) for the Outer Banks. Hampton Roads and most of NE NC will experience winds at 20 to 30 mph with gust 40 to 45. The strongest winds will be on Sunday.
  • Our saturated ground coupled with more rain and strong winds will increase our potential for falling trees and resulting power outages.
  • With the rainfall and strong E/NE winds, we will see minor to moderate tidal flooding this weekend and into early next week. The highest tide levels will be on Sunday and Monday.
  • We could also see river flooding due to the rainfall and high water levels. The Cashie River in Bertie County is expected to reach moderate flood levels on Sunday and Monday.
  • Waves will build through Saturday and will be highest on Sunday and into Monday.

Tropical Update

***A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Surf City to Duck, NC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.***

Matthew is moving toward the northeast near 12 mph. The motion is expected to continue on Saturday. According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of Matthew will continue to move towards South Carolina, and be near the coast of southern North Carolina by Saturday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph with higher gusts. Although Weakening is forecasted during the next 48 hours, Matthew is expected to remain near hurricane strength while the center is near the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

11:00 AM EDT Sat Oct 8

Location: 33.0°N 79.4°W

Moving: NE at 12 mph

Min pressure: 967 mb

Max sustained: 75 mph

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