Category 4 Hurricane Matthew heading for Florida

Category 4 Hurricane Matthew is heading for Florida.

Hurricane Matthew is, once again, a category four storm and is heading for Florida. Matthew has been battering the northwestern Bahamas Thursday morning and will move northwest to Florida through the day. Conditions will deteriorate through the evening and overnight Thursday into Friday for the east coast of Florida. Several models put the storm onshore for much of it's northward run through central and eastern Florida while others have it just offshore. Either way, hurricane conditions are expected for many across our state.

Along with powerful and dangerous hurricane force winds, isolated storm surge of 6 to 9 feet will be possible and rainfall totals between 4 and 8 inches are not out of the question.

Matthew now has winds of 140 miles per hour and the storm is moving northwest at 14 miles per hour. The forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Matthew getting a little stronger before tonight. Tropical storm conditions are expected to be on Florida's east coast Thursday afternoon with hurricane conditions expected Thursday night. Later in the weekend, the storm is expected to weaken as the environment will be less favorable, but in the meantime, the storm is expected to stay strong.

A hurricane warning is now in effect from north of Golden Beach in South Florida northward all the way to Edisto Beach in South Carolina.

The WEAR-TV area will not have an impact from Matthew, other than higher surf and seas. Warmer than normal weather will continue with cooler air arriving late in the weekend.

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