Hurricane Matthew Near Myrtle Beach
Hurricane Matthew Near Myrtle Beach
This morning’s satellite loop shows Hurricane Matthew just on the coast as barely a hurricane. Winds have dropped off and the wind field has spread out considerably. There are strong winds to 50 mph occurring well inland. The big story going forward will be the heavy rain. Judging by the winds Hurricane Matthew is very close to Myrtle Beach.
...10 AM EDT POSITION UPDATE... ...STRONG WINDS AND FLOODING RAINS SPREADING INLAND OVER SOUTH AND NORTH CAROLINA... A wind gust to 70 mph (113 km/h) has recently been reported at Folly Beach Pier. The official observing site in Charleston, South Carolina, has reported a wind gust to 55 mph (89 km/h) within the past hour. Strong wind gusts are also occuring well inland. A wind gust to 52 mph (83 km/h) was recently reported at Darlington, South Carolina, and a wind gust to 49 mph (80 km/h) has been observed in Fayetteville, North Carolina. SUMMARY OF 1000 AM EDT...1400 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...32.8N 79.5W ABOUT 30 MI...50 KM ESE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA ABOUT 70 MI...110 KM SSW OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 45 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...963 MB...28.44 INCHES
Hurricane Matthew still has the pressure of a category 2 or category 3 hurricane but it is looking more like some sort of transitional tropical cyclone than anything else. But that is a matter for after the fact. For our purposes we can see showers from a cold front coming in from the west and some the northern fringe of rain from Matthew as far north as Southern Delaware.
Look for clouds to increase and thicken up and there will be some showers this afternoon moving into South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. The front pushes east and wedges the rain to the coast. I dont think there will be too much rain north and west of a line from Philadelphia to Boston. But along the coast in Central & South Jersey, Long Island & Connecticut there could be about a quarter to a half inch of rain overnight into Sunday morning.
For Sunday Columbus day weather conditions will slowly improve west to east as you go west of the coast but for the New Jersey shore and Long Island there may some lingering rain or showers in the morning before skies slowly begin to clear out in the afternoon. Sunday’s highs will be in the 60s. Monday Columbus Day looks sunny and nice with highs in the low to mid 60s.
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