Like a top that gets knocked while it’s spinning, that had the effect of yanking the storm to the right just enough to keep the center off the Florida coast.". Much of Myrtle Beach is underwater because of Matthew’s storm surge. In the U.S., more than 40 people died and damage was estimated in excess of $10 billion. Some rivers reach record heights, the Times says. At 2 p.m., the center of Hurricane Matthew is about 125 miles east-southeast of West Palm Beach, Florida. The southeastern United States was then hit hard by Hurricane Matthew as it moved very close to the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The center, however, still moved along well within the boundaries of the projected path issued by the NHC for Matthew, so the forecast was right on target. On North Carolina’s Outer Banks, storm surge from the Pamlico Sound chews away several more graves in a 144-year-old cemetery in the village of Salvo on Hatteras Island. By 8 p.m., the eye of the storm is about 75 miles offshore from West Palm Beach. The team’s flight is diverted to Richmond, Virginia. But for parts of Florida, the wind damage could have been much worse had the center of Matthew tracked just miles farther to the west. Hurricane Matthew pummeled Florida's coast with violent wind and storm surges on Friday. Disney World closed early on Oct. 6, 2016 and remained closed on Oct. 7 due to Hurricane Matthew, according to CNBC. Matthew’s eye passes Wilmington, North Carolina around mid-afternoon. the launch complex. Hip-deep flooding is reported in some areas of Norfolk, Virginia. DEADLY Hurricane Matthew is scraping the Florida coast having already wrought lethal destruction across Haiti. With an estimated 546 deaths and $1.9 million in damages, Hurricane Matthew was the worst disaster to hit Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Winds acro… 9 Ways to Tell the Difference. Hurricane Matthew's howling wind and driving rain pummeled Florida as it marched toward Georgia and South Carolina. Amid hurricane season here in Florida, we did not expect to see another hurricane to hit two years in a row. In Fayetteville, police perform dramatic rescues of residents trapped by rapid flooding of the Cape Fear River. Hurricane Matthew hits Florida and heads north in US Storm leaves at least one million residents in US state of Florida without power, as storm surge threatens east coast. In South Carolina, residents of the small town of Nichols near the North Carolina border are surprised by rapid flooding of the Lumber River. © Copyright TWC Product and Technology LLC 2014, 2020. The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. Hurricane Matthew hit the southern part of Haiti as a Category 4 storm Oct. 4, 2016, and the country still hasn’t fully recovered from that devastating storm. Meteorologist Wayne Neely in Nassau later reports flooding and blocked roads throughout the islands. The Associated Press reports that officials in Greenville, North Carolina expect all of the bridges across the Tar River will be overwhelmed by floodwaters. 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. Yikes. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina. We have teams in Daytona Beach, St. Augustine and Jacksonville. Sunday, October 2 Hurricane Matthew begins turning to the northwest and then due north. Some informed observers think storms such as Matthew may be an indication of extreme events to come. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is closed for only the fourth time since its opening in 1971. Hurricane Matthew path caused substantial damage in September and October 2016. With an estimated 546 deaths and $1.9 million in damages, Hurricane Matthew was the worst disaster to hit Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. The hurricane crosses the Bahamas. The good news: since 1950, only three named storms have ever made a 360-degree turn in the sea and made landfall in Florida as a hurricane. The hurricane’s storm surge arrives at about the same time as the afternoon high tide in Saint Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city. Parts of Savannah, including the city’s historic River Street, go underwater as Matthew’s eye moves northward off the Georgia coast. Beginning as a tropical storm 35 miles southeast of St Lucia on Sept. 28, 2016, Hurricane Matthew explosively intensified as it tracked across the Caribbean Sea. Playing a role in the slight eastward wobble of the circulation center was likely an eyewall replacement cycle that Matthew underwent late Oct. 6. 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Winds across the three counties peaked at 67 miles per hour (108 km/h) at Jupiter Inlet and 51 miles per hour (82 km/h) at Palm Beach International Airport. Saint Simon Island near Savannah is also flooded by the storm surge. Bryan Norcross, senior hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel, said in a Facebook post on Oct. 7, "When it performed the eyewall replacement last night, the old, internal eyewall got off center wobbling around inside the large, developing bigger donut. The NWS added that a major hurricane has not impacted the area since Oct. 2, 1898, and "there is no local living memory of the potential of this event." If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. The National Weather Service in Melbourne had warned that devastating impacts were expected along the east-central Florida coast. Windsor, a small town near the Virginia border in northeastern North Carolina, goes underwater for the second time in about two weeks when the Cashie River floods. The Star-News of Wilmington later reports that the storm washes away large sand dunes on Oak Island near Southport, which was pounded by Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Nordstrom later says the damage was minor. Sustained tropical storm-force winds were observed in coastal areas of Palm Beach County. DEADLY Hurricane Matthew is scraping the Florida coast having already wrought lethal destruction across Haiti. Fred Johnson, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, told floridatoday.com that had the center tracked 20 miles farther west, parts of Brevard County along the east-central Florida coastline would have been a high impact area. The forecast track for the storm predicts that it will scrape the east coast of the Florida peninsula from about West Palm Beach to Jacksonville, then gradually turn to follow the curve of the coastline from Georgia to around Charleston, South Carolina. Hurricane Matthew is about to hit Florida As of 11 p.m., ET Thursday, Matthew, a Category 4 storm, was about 125 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, … Irma hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane and then the mainland as a Category 3. As the storm passes Folly Beach near Charleston, its wave action uncovers a dozen or more Civil War-era cannonballs that had been buried in the sand. The Associated Press reports that rescuers in Wilson, North Carolina rescue a woman who’d clung to a tree for three hours after floodwaters swept her car into a canal. The New York Times reports that several rivers in eastern North Carolina are at flood stage and about 1,500 people are stranded by the floodwaters. had the center tracked 20 miles farther west, parts of Brevard County along the east-central Florida coastline would have been a high impact area. Essentially, the old eyewall decays while a new larger one forms around it. Parts of this prediction have happened. Hurricane Matthew is moving closer to Florida. The Star-News of Wilmington reports that residents of Oak Island, North Carolina discover a makeshift raft washed up on the beach of the island. The Cape Fear River south of Fayetteville is 26 feet above flood stage, and the Neuse River is about eight feet above flood stage and still rising. It should be noted that even with the eyewall of Matthew staying just offshore, parts of northeast Florida still saw major impacts from storm surge flooding. By Friday afternoon, the storm’s strongest winds are blowing at 110 mph, making it a very strong Category 2 hurricane. 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 cemetery already had lost about half of its original 1872 plot to the sound. Tuesday, October 4 Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti and eastern Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane. In the southern city of Jérémie, 80 percent of the buildings were destroyed.”. Willie Drye is an award-winning author and a contributing editor for National Geographic News. (MORE: New Inlet Created on Florida Coast by Matthew). Had its eyewall hit the Florida coast with Category 3 or 4 sustained winds, there would have been a lot more structural damage. The hurricane brings more than 15 inches of rainfall to parts of North Carolina, where ground is already saturated from earlier heavy rains. NOAA illustration shows Hurricane Matthew’s deadly trek from the Caribbean Sea to Cape Hatteras.The Associated Press reports that Goldman Sachs estimates that Hurricane Matthew caused about $10 billion in damages in the US. Wednesday, September 28 The tropical wave gains strength and becomes a tropical storm near the Windward Islands at the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea. To learn more, visit, chews away several more graves in a 144-year-old cemetery. Matthew brought tropical storm conditions to parts of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach counties resulting in scattered power outages—71,000 customers in Broward, 43,160 in Palm Beach, and 16,000 in Miami-Dade lost power—and some wind damage. The eye of Matthew doesn’t come as close to land as expected as it passes the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. Please all of you in Florida and Carolinas stay safe. In downtown Wilmington, Water Street—which runs parallel to the Cape Fear River—is underwater. Matthew’s eye remains just offshore as it moves northward along the Florida coast. Also displayed is the forecast position for that exact same time in the National Hurricane Center's advisory issued 18 hours earlier at 5 a.m. Oct. 6. Hurricane Matthew could be one of the biggest to hit the Caribbean basin in years, with forecasters saying that Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica – and potentially Florida – lie in its path. We recognize our responsibility to use data and technology for good. Click on image to enlarge Note: Several observations likely did not capture the strongest winds due to the loss of power in many areas Early Friday morning, Hurricane Matthew had slowed from a Category 4 to a Category 3 storm and, crucially, not yet made landfall. 07 Oct 2016 21:58 GMT Hurricane Matthew is thought to have claimed the lives of of 546 people, although this number is disputed. On St. Vincentheavy rains caused landslides and flooding across the island. For Hurricane Matthew Spirit predicted… Hurricane Matthew Lashes Florida With … Its peak winds are 75 mph. Storm chasers Haynes, Laca and Nordstrom ride out the hurricane in the three-story parking garage overlooking the Atlantic in Vero Beach, Florida. Take control of your data. Just hours after landfall, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image. In nearby Buccament Bay, a river overtopped its banks, prompting at least 25 people to evacuate to emergency shelters. Hurricane warnings are posted from Broward County, Florida to Edisto Beach, South Carolina. Hurricane Matthew is about to hit Florida As of 11 p.m., ET Thursday, Matthew, a Category 4 storm, was about 125 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, … The BBC reports that in some areas in southern Haiti are “90 percent destroyed.”. The Star-News of Wilmington reports that evacuations are ordered in Pender County in southeastern North Carolina along the Black River, which is still rising rapidly. Please all of you in Florida and Carolinas stay safe. The Star-News says the raft is made of wood, plastic foam and other materials and appears to be the type used by Cuban refugees attempting to come to the US. Hurricane Matthew is thought to have claimed the lives of of 546 people, although this number is disputed. Disney World closed early on Oct. 6, 2016 and remained closed on Oct. 7 due to Hurricane Matthew, according to CNBC. Type at least three characters to start auto complete. As Matthew approached the Florida coast late Oct. 6 into early Oct. 7, the center made a slight wobble to the east of the centerline on the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) forecast path. Friday, September 30 Matthew continues to rapidly intensify. In just nine hours, the storm’s peak winds have strengthened to 100 mph. Jacksonville and Ormond Beach also have some flooding. The Hermitage River rose by at least 3.6 ft (1.1 m) in one hour, and as a precautionary measure, the Central Water and Sewage Authority shut off all water service. In Moore County, North Carolina (about 130 miles inland) some residents leave their homes when an earthen dam begins to fail. Here’s the timeline of this historic, deadly hurricane: Sunday, September 25 A tropical wave leaves the west coast of Africa and moves westward across the Atlantic Ocean. Early Friday morning, Hurricane Matthew had slowed from a Category 4 to a Category 3 storm and, crucially, not yet made landfall. Flooding also is reported from the Neuse River in Kinston. How Winter Fashion Has Changed in 100 Years (PHOTOS), Eerie Vintage Photos of People Battling the Flu. Hurricane Matthew is moving closer to Florida. (MORE: How You Can Help Matthew's Victims). 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