UPDATE 3PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, OCTOBER 7: We are continuing to monitor the impact of Hurricane Matthew, the first Atlantic hurricane to reach Category 5 status since Hurricane Felix in 2007, which has caused significant damage and loss of life in Haiti and Cuba, and is now moving slowly up the East Coast, posing serious threat to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Here’s a roundup of the latest updates from NOAA and items that might be helpful to know about Hurricane Matthew.
(This photo was taken at Cocoa Beach, Florida, today.)
NEW MATTHEW POSTS FROM THE WEB
THE DANGEROUS U-TURN OF MATTHEW IS INCREASINGLY LIKELY: One pass along Florida’s coast will be damaging enough, but the scenario, where Matthew doubles back toward Florida again, is becoming a more likely outcome, according to experts. See the map and understand why this could happen, here.
THE EYEWALL IS PASSING DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO FLORIDA’S SHORES: Why is the eyewall so dangerous? Find out here.
WATCH MATTHEW FROM SPACE: In this oddly serene video from TIME.
SEE HOW MANY BILLION DOLLARS OF DAMAGES MAY HIT FLORIDA: Read how bad the estimates are right now.
HELP IS COMING: Here’s how first responders are mobilizing in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
AMAZING BEFORE AND AFTER FROM HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE:
AND THIS SWEETHEART, TAKING SHELTER (Thanks, @CaseyJPorter):
CRUCIAL ADVICE: The 5 things to do right away, if you’ve experienced damages from Hurricane Matthew.
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY: We all need shelter during the storm. (Thanks to our Instagram follower justcovi for this sweet shot out her window.)
HELP FOR HAITI: As the tragedy unfolds in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, you may want to help in the recovery effort. Here’s smart advice on how to help right now. (We’re working on Cuban relief suggestions right now!)
KNOW WHICH COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES ARE BEING CANCELLED/POSTPONED: With this update.
SOUTHERNERS WILL UNDERSTAND: When the Waffle Houses close, things are very serious.
STILL IN MATTHEW’S PATH? How to find out if your area is being evacuated.
THE LATEST FROM NOAA: FRIDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 7
The latest updates from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Hurricane Center:
FLORIDA, GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA AND NORTH CAROLINA
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Hurricane Warning is in effect for... * Cocoa Beach to Surf City A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * North of Surf City to Cape Lookout A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Sebastian Inlet to Cocoa Beach * North of Surf City to Duck * Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- WIND: Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are expected to continue over the warning area in Florida today, and spread northward within the warning area through Saturday. Residents in high-rise buildings should be aware that the winds at the top of a 30-story building will be, on average, about one Saffir-Simpson category higher than the winds near the surface. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the tropical storm warning area in North Carolina on Saturday morning. STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge, the tide, and large and destructive waves will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide... Flagler Beach, Florida, to Edisto Beach, South Carolina, including portions of the St. Johns River...6 to 9 ft Cocoa Beach to Flagler Beach, Florida...4 to 6 ft Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Cape Fear, North Carolina... 4 to 6 ft Cape Fear to Salvo, North Carolina, including portions of the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds...2 to 4 ft The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. Large waves generated by Matthew will cause water rises to occur well in advance of and well away from the track of the center. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida northeast coast, the Georgia coast, the South Carolina coast, and the North Carolina coast from Cocoa Beach, Florida, to Cape Fear, North Carolina. There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the next 48 hours from north of Cape Fear to Salvo, North Carolina. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the Prototype National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. The Prototype Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic is a depiction of areas that would qualify for inclusion under a storm surge watch or warning currently under development by the National Weather Service and planned for operational use in 2017. The Prototype Graphic is available at hurricanes.gov. RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches over the Atlantic coast of the United States from central Florida to eastern North Carolina...with possible isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches. This rainfall may result in flooding and flash flooding. TORNADOES: An isolated tornado or two is possible along the South Carolina, Georgia, and northeast Florida coasts today. SURF: Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect portions of the Bahamas and the east coast of Florida during the next few days, and will spread northward along the southeast U.S. coast through the weekend. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.
Stay safe, friends far and wide. We will be updating this story throughout the storm. If you’d like to share your videos or images of Matthew, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name (so we can credit you) and where you were when you took the photograph/video, also for the caption.