HURRICANE MATTHEW HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A CATEGORY 1 STORM… THERE ARE MULTIPLE ADVISORIES IN EFFECT FOR HAMPTON ROADS FOR LATER TODAY (SATURDAY) THROUGH SUNDAY

Here in Hampton Roads, we were all very relieved earlier this week when Hurricane Matthew’s projected track changed from coming directly over us to making a right hand turn out to sea well south of our region. It could have been very bad for us, but it appears that we have dodged the bullet. However, we may still see significant impacts from the storm as it passes to our south later today through Sunday. We should see rain overspreading the region later on today becoming heavy at times tonight into Sunday morning. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for later on this afternoon through part of Sunday. Winds are expected to increase later on and we could see gusts to near 45 MPH (or even higher) later tonight and Sunday. This may result in scattered power outages. There is a Wind Advisory in effect for later today through part of Sunday. Coastal flooding is possible at times of high tide tonight and tomorrow. At this point, moderate coastal flooding is expected. Please monitor the local media and National Hurricane Center for the latest updates.

In Florida, the hurricane could have been much worse had it not been going through an eye wall replacement cycle as it was approaching Florida. That process usually weakens a hurricane a bit as it tries to reorganize. Also, the center of the hurricane did not fully come ashore in Florida as it basically stayed just offshore paralleling the coastline. Storm surge caused by the strong onshore winds and low barometric pressure inundated some coastal areas. The storm is expected to weaken further as it interacts with land and encounters increasing southwesterly wind shear. It is then expected to turn eastward out to sea south of Cape Hatteras and then it’s expected to turn southward. That is a very unusual track for a tropical cyclone!

Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to move a bit erratically and its motion is impacted somewhat by Matthew.  The current thinking is that Nicole will not directly impact the U.S.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! Be safe out there!

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