Matthew still a major hurricane and heading up the coast

Category 3 Hurricane Matthew will be a topic for the south for days. Here's the 10am Friday track from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Matthew has been parallel with and very close to Florida's east coast all morning and that trend will continue all day. The category 3 hurricane is just far enough offshore that it's been able to maintain that cat 3 status but close enough to the coast that hurricane conditions are being felt by many in our state. An early morning wind gust at Cape Canaveral measured over 100 miles per hour.

Hurricane Matthew will be moving north northwest through the day and isn't expected to be northeast of Florida's coast until Friday evening. Hurricane force winds will be possible on the east coast all day along with pounding rain and significant storm surge. The highest storm surge levels are expected to be between 6 and 9 feet for the remainder of the day, especially if the storm passes an area during high tide. To put that in perspective, Hurricane Ivan brought local storm surge levels between 10 and 15 feet. While Hurricane Matthew will begin to turn northeast and then east over the weekend, there will be significant threats for the southeast coast of the United States all day Friday and through much of Saturday.

Locally, the WEAR TV area will enjoy mostly sunny skies this weekend. Friday and Saturday highs will be in the middle to upper 80s with Sunday highs in the middle to lower 80s.

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