Florida … ", Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center extended the hurricane warning Thursday north to Altamaha Sound in Georgia, while a watch was put into effect as far north as South Carolina's South Santee River. The Hurricane Center says that the storm, now a strong Category-3 hurricane, is moving north-northwest at 13 m.p.h. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Matthew is projected to strengthen back into a Category 4 with estimated 145 mph sustained winds as it passes the Bahamas. The hurricane is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 as it approaches the southern tip of the state. Hurricane Matthew is a powerful storm which formed off the coast of Africa before picking up strength as it moved north of South America and into the … Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on October 4, 2016 as a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 145mph. The Melbourne office of the National Weather Service warned of "devastating to catastrophic" impacts, with complete roof and wall failures and total destruction of mobile homes. Matthew was a category 1 with winds clocked at 75 miles per hour. Hurricane Matthew downgraded to Category 3 storm. “This is about as bad as it gets,” Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, told CNN Thursday. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTSR8WK, A resident walks past a wall of sandbags protecting a store in one of the city's low-lying areas before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., October 7, 2016. Hurricane Matthew Pushes North Hurricane Matthew weakened to a Category 3 storm and moved beyond the Florida Coast. No officers or deputies were injured. Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall in Haiti as Category 4, Florida Braces for Hit By Char Adams Updated October 05, 2016 04:53 PM Hurricane Matthew passed by offshore as a catagory 3 hurricane bringing heavy winds and minor flooding. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images), Heavy rain and wind blow in an area near Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 7, 2016, as hurricane Matthew approaches the area. Nikki Haley said bluntly at a news conference Thursday night, adding: "Now is the time for the state to pray.". "This is a scary storm," South Carolina Gov. (CNN) Hurricane Michael, which barreled into the Florida Panhandle in October, was actually a Category 5 storm when it hit the coast, scientists at the National Hurricane Center said Friday. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea, strengthening into a category 5 hurricane. Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall in Haiti as Category 4, Florida Braces for Hit By Char Adams Updated October 05, 2016 04:53 PM Hurricane Matthew passed by offshore as a category 3 hurricane bringing heavy wind and some flooding. Outer eye about 50 miles wide pic.twitter.com/GW0gWUC64z. The last major storm to strike South Florida was Wilma, which landed just south of Marco Island in 2005. pic.twitter.com/RA4sqVZVWz. LIVE BLOG: The Latest on Hurricane Matthew. "A good chunk of the east Florida coast — at least right along the coast — is going to be under water because of storm surge before too long," Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said Thursday night. Track Matthew on radar as the hurricane moves northward. Matthew steadily strengthened as it moved westward and became a hurricane on September 29th. In its 5 a.m. bulletin, it said the hurricane was "moving parallel to and just offshore" of Florida's east coast. Colorado State University research meteorologist Phil Klotzbach says on Twitter that Hurricane Matthew’s current barometric pressure reading of 938 millibars is the fifth-lowest for an Atlantic hurricane this late in the hurricane season in the last 36 years. Florida authorities sounded alarms not heard in years before a weakened Hurricane Matthew brushed up the state's east coast early Friday with gusts of up to 100 mph. REUTERS/Henry Romero - RTSR89S, Sandbags are seen in front of a business ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Georgetown, South Carolina October 6, 2016. Hurricane #Matthew's Accumulated Cyclone Energy is now the most by any Atlantic hurricane in over a decade (Ivan-2004). Matthew also caused massive storm surging in Florida, and to a slightly lesser extent in Georgia. President Barack Obama has declared state of emergencies Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. "It's out of the woods now," The Weather Channel's Michael Palmer said. Preparations should be rushed to completion and people should heed evacuation orders as they are issued. At 2 p.m., the center of Hurricane Matthew is about 125 miles east-southeast of West Palm Beach, Florida. Matthew caused catastrophic damage and a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, as well as widespread devastation in the southeastern United States. Hurricane Matthew is about to hit Florida. Florida and other … The only upside is that it'll slowly weaken as it travels north. Its peak winds were 160 miles per hour. The storm weakened to a Category 4 after making landfall in Haiti and Cuba on October 4th. As Matthew moved on a more northerly track, hurricane warnings were downgraded to tropical storm warnings from south of Boca Raton, Fla., to north of Golden Beach. "Do not surf. Hurricane Matthew moved north off the Florida east coast as a major hurricane before weakening to a Category 2 hurricane off the Georgia coast and then eventually making landfall around Cape Romain, South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane during the late morning hours on October 8. Hurricane Matthew was the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007. On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on southwestern Haiti as a category-4 storm-the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean nation in more than 50 years. Ormond Beach and Jacksonville, in Florida, also experienced flooding as a result of the high tides. Lucas Felkel, 35, was wounded when a deputy fired back. Florida lashed with heavy rains and winds. "Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months," it said. The outer bands of Hurricane Matthew, strengthened to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, began hitting Florida Thursday afternoon in its first U.S. landfall. The dangerous hurricane had already been inflicting damage across the Caribbean, with at least seven fatalities and untold damage to homes and landscapes. ", Extreme wind warning issued for Cape Canaveral which could see 115 mph gusts in the eyewall of #Matthew pic.twitter.com/5FkbgGhyar. Matthew then made landfall in Haiti and eastern Cuba on Oct. 4 as a Category 4. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTSR43O, An elderly man rests his head at a shelter for evacuees in a high school hallway before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in North Charleston, South Carolina on October 7, 2016. Central and northern Florida have never been hit by a hurricane this strong. Matthew is expected to move through the Bahamas Thursday and near Florida Thursday night. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. ET, according to the NHC: About 1.5 million people up and down Florida's east coast were ordered to evacuate, and 3,500 members of the National Guard — half the state's contingent — had been activated. Hurricane Dorian is forecast to hit Florida on Monday as a major Category 4 storm; Florida Gov. One person has already died from the category 3 hurricane … "If you're trying to ride this one out, you're probably going to be without power for a very long time.". The storm was the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic since 2007's Hurricane Felix. In addition, "wind damage will be extensive," Sarsalari said. About 1.1 million Floridians are under evacuation orders. Hurricane Matthew is already a worst-case scenario for Florida, and the latest model runs look like the storm could hit Florida more than once. The only upside is that it’ll slowly weaken as it … Hurricane Matthew’s intensity moved from a Category 1 to a Category 5 hurricane by the time all was said and done. By Nathan Rao PUBLISHED: 07:25, Tue, Oct 4, 2016 On Pawleys Island off the South Carolina coast, police were making residents who refused to evacuate sign a waiver with contact information for their next of kin, NBC station WMBF of Myrtle Beach reported. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory evacuations of about 500,000 people in six coastal counties. Patients were being sent to hospitals in Georgia and more western parts of South Carolina, it said. The dangerous hurricane had already been inflicting damage across the Caribbean, with at least seven fatalities and untold damage to homes and landscapes. The hurricane prompted the hard-hit country to postpone a long-awaited presidential election which was scheduled for Sunday. Do not go to the beach," he said. COCOA BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 07: Metal is wrapped around a palm tree due to the heavy winds of Hurricane Matthew, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. It caused extensive damage to landmasses in the Greater Antilles, and severe damage in several islands … The centre of Matthew, now a Category Two storm, was expected to pass near northeast Florida and coastal Georgia overnight into Saturday before raking the … It was also forecast to threaten New England at first. Hurricane Matthew’s eye moved along the Florida coast but remained offshore. Hurricane Matthew is a powerful storm which formed off the coast of Africa before picking up strength as it moved north of South America and into the Caribbean in … Thursday evening: Hurricane conditions begin arriving in Florida and move north. The National Hurricane Center downgraded Matthew to a Category 3 storm overnight but warned that the "eye of extremely dangerous" storm was approaching Florida. Sunday, September 25, 2016 Matthew began as a tropical wave that originated off the west coast of Africa, traveling west across the Atlantic Ocean. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will both coordinate relief efforts off the coast. The National Weather Service said Matthew's storm surge — the rush of water driven to shore by wind and low atmospheric pressure — could be much stronger than the barrage that swamped the New Jersey shore during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Close Cameron McWhirter. The first impact to Central Florida will be more dangerous; Matthew could make landfall in Florida Friday as a Category 3 hurricane, according to the latest projections. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images), FORT PIERCE, FL - OCTOBER 07: Tree branches that snapped off trees are seen blocking the road after Hurricane Matthew passed through the area on October 7, 2016 in Fort Pierce, Florida. Photo: Zuma Press By Cameron McWhirter. Hurricane Matthew became a Category One hurricane on September 30 - the lowest on the 1-5 scale. Hurricane Matthew is already a worst-case scenario for Florida, and the latest model runs look like the storm could hit Florida more than once. Hurricane Matthew is strengthening near the northwestern Bahamas and is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime this evening or early in the morning as a possible category 4 storm. Here is what we know . The last storm to hit the Atlantic side of Florida was Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005 on its way to devastating the Gulf coast. Matthew hit Haiti on October 4, 2016. Jason Cumming is London editorial manager and a senior news editor for NBC News Digital. In North Carolina, Gov. Evacuations were also under way in Georgia and South Carolina after Matthew, which hammered Haiti and strafed Cuba, began battering the Bahamas. Hurricane Matthew passed by offshore as a catagory 3 hurricane bringing heavy winds and minor flooding. Tropical-Storm-Force Wind Speed Probabilities for Hurricane … As Matthew pushes toward Florida, it is likely to remain a dangerous Category 3 or 4 storm. Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, S.C., closed its emergency room and began evacuating its 62 patients Thursday. South Florida was spared the worst of the hurricane, getting some gusty winds and a little rain as the storm brushed by early Friday. Colorado State University research meteorologist Phil Klotzbach later notes that when Matthew became a Category 5 hurricane at latitude 13.3, it was the farthest south that a storm of that intensity has ever formed in the Atlantic Basin. The storm’s surge, though, caused high tides in St. Augustine, Florida, by the afternoon, sending water over the city’s seawall. 'Strongest Hurricane in Atlantic since 2007' Hurricane Matthew to hit The strongest hurricane in the Atlantic for almost a decade appears on track to hit Florida today and Friday. Hurricane Matthew to hit Florida, East Coast as a Category 4 storm Friday morning Published Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, 5:16 pm Join AFP's 100,000+ followers on Facebook Here’s a timeline of Matthew’s progression in the fall of 2016. It killed at least 122 people in Haiti alone. The storm killed at least 478 people in Haiti, before moving on to the Bahamas and Florida. Lights are out on highway A1A from the winds of Hurricane Matthew on Cocoa Beach, Florida, October 7, 2016. Sunday: The storm curls southeast and then south, away from the coastal Carolinas. HURRICANE Matthew will change course and score a direct hit on Florida, according to two new British weather forecasting models. Hurricane Matthew hit Florida early Friday morning, leaving 500,000 people without power. On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on southwestern Haiti as a category-4 storm-the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean nation in more than 50 years. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. In Haiti, the recovery continues, as Hurricane Matthew was the largest humanitarian emergency there since the … "There is no reason not to leave," Scott grimly warned as the storm, which killed at least 128 people across the Caribbean, moved ever closer. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images), DAYTONA BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 7: A view of a collapsed roof at a gas station after Hurricane Matthew passes through on October 7, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit Florida's coast on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Matthew is strengthening near the northwestern Bahamas and is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida. Hurricane Matthew kills at least 14 in the US. In South Carolina, more than 280,000 people had been evacuated from historic Charleston and other coastal areas by early Thursday evening, Haley said — packing westbound traffic on Interstate 26 as motorists headed west. ET, the National Hurricane Center said Matthew was 25 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Fla., with top sustained winds of 120 mph. Click on image to enlarge Note: Several observations likely did not capture the strongest winds due to the loss of power in many areas The "monster" Hurricane Matthew, now a strong Category-3 storm, is closing in on Florida's east coast early Friday. The center of Matthew's projected path shifted slightly east late Thursday — away from shore — but the National Hurricane Center said it could still make landfall as a category 3 or 4 hurricane Friday morning. REUTERS/Randall Hill - RTSR201, A fallen tree is seen outside a house after Hurricane Matthew hits in Melbourne, Florida, U.S., October 7, 2016. Matthew's destruction 02:09. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew kills 26 as it slams into Bahamas. Saturday afternoon and evening: Matthew moves east, with Myrtle Beach, S.C., feeling lesser impacts. As of that time, Hurricane Matthew was a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 145 miles per hour. It added: "Although weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Matthew is expected to be a category 3 hurricane as it moves near the coast of Florida today. More than 1 million residents have been evacuated in Florida and more than 1 million people are experiencing power outages in the state. Lights are out on highway A1A from the winds of Hurricane Matthew on Cocoa Beach, Florida, October 7, 2016. Friday morning: Landfall or near-landfall between West Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral, Fla. Friday afternoon: Matthew heads up the east coast of Florida, with central and northern coastal Florida experiencing hurricane conditions throughout the day. A Florida local is hit by a wave as he tries to video the effects of Hurricane Matthew. 10-6 Matthew path 10 pm.jpg. Hurricane Matthew is already a worst-case scenario for Florida, and the latest model runs look like the storm could hit Florida more than once. As Matthew pushes toward Florida, it is likely to remain a dangerous Category 3 or 4 … On Tuesday, the storm slammed southern Haiti, killing at least 339 people and damaging a majority of homes in the area. If it makes landfall, Matthew would be the first major hurricane — category 3 or higher — to hit the U.S. mainland since Wilma in 2005. Hurricane Matthew unleashed torrential rains and up to 120 mile-an-hour winds as it hugged the Florida coast Friday, after a blast through the Caribbean that reportedly left at least 400 dead in Haiti. ", "This is not hype, this is not hyperbole, and I am not kidding," Norcross said. Officials were bracing for Hurricane Matthew to hit Florida, as the storm was expected to regain Category 4 strength before making landfall. The storm is said to be responsible for more than 800 deaths in Haiti and has devastated the Caribbean throughout the week. “This storm is a monster,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said at an evening news conference. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images), A US flag blows in the wind in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on October 7, 2016, as hurricane Matthew approaches the area. Elizabeth Chuck is a reporter for NBC News. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images), WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) talks with reporters after meeting with members of his national security and disaster response teams to discuss Hurricane Matthew in the Oval Office at the White House October 7, 2016 in Washington, DC. 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