Matthew’s Nightmarish Storm Surge Takes Aim at 430 Mile Stretch of US Coast

6 Oct


All throughout yesterday and today the story has been the same — dangerous hurricane Matthew is strengthening in a record hot atmosphere and ocean environment even as it’s continuing to take a course that will result in severe flooding impacts for a massive swath of the southeastern US seaboard.

An Extraordinarily Powerful Category 4 Hurricane

As of 5 PM EST, the center of hurricane Matthew was located about 25 miles to the south of Freeport Island in the Bahamas. The storm was tracking off to the north-northwest, making steady progress toward Florida and a large section of the US coastline. Since yesterday, maximum sustained winds have increased from around 120 mph to a present peak wind speed of around 140 mph. More importantly, the storm’s minimum central pressure is falling. As of the 5 PM advisory, the storm’s lowest pressure reading stood at 936 mb — or about 2 mb…

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