Matthew about to move out of the Bahamas and blast Florida

UPDATED: 6:45 PM ET Oct 6

There’s really not much else I can say as far as what people should be doing along the Florida East Coast tonight as Matthew approaches. Preparations should have been done hopefully commonsense prevails and everyone will get through the next 12 to 18 hours.

As has been the case lately, I have posted a video discussion which more thoroughly explains how I feel about things then I can write and a blog. Please check it out if you haven’t seen it via the link below.

Also, I have two unmanned cameras running in the New Smyrna Beach area.  You may view those here:

Cam 1- New Smyrna Beach #1

Cam 2- New Smyrna Beach #2

Mark Sudduth 6:45 pm ET Oct 6

 

 

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Almost eleven years since anything like this for Florida

UPDATED: 12:25 pm ET Oct 6

New live cam online now:

New Smyrna Beach: http://ustre.am/1rAmF

Matthew is passing through the NW Bahamas this morning with category three conditions being felt in areas such as Nassau and Andros Island. From there, the hurricane is likely get stronger as it approaches the southeast coast of Florida.

I am in Florida ready to cover the hurricane. Here is my latest video discussion including a look at how I plan to use technology to show you the impact like you’ve never seen before.

Link to live vehicle cam (will be up and running by 11am ET): http://www.ustream.tv/hurricanetrack

M. Sudduth

9:35 AM ET Oct 6

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Tense few days ahead for Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as Matthew closes in

UPDATED: 2:40 AM ET Oct 6

I am in Florida now to cover the impacts of hurricane Matthew. After an exhausting several days keeping up with the latest model changes, it is now time to think landfall. Obviously the Bahamas are experiencing the worst from Matthew tonight and through the day Thursday but after that time, it is Florida’s turn. How strong Matthew becomes and exactly where the center moves inland, if it does, remains to be seen though it seems poised to get stronger in the hours ahead.

I have posted a video discussion from the hotel here in Florida. I will be out and about tomorrow setting up equipment to monitor the effects. I will have another video post around 11am ET.

M. Sudduth 2:40 AM ET Oct 6

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Hurricane Matthew poised to make history

I am currently on the road in route to Florida. As I travel, hurricane Matthew gathers  strength over the very warm waters in the vicinity of the Bahamas. It won’t be long until it reaches category for intensity I am afraid.  Residents of the Bahamas simply need to hunker down and use common sense as Matthew pounds its way through. Extreme hurricane winds, blinding rain, and a  lethal storm surge will accompany Matthew as it moves through the Bahamas tonight and tomorrow.

By tomorrow night, Matthew will begin spreading its effects over Florida. The spiral bands will move their way into the southeast part of the state as Matthew moves to the northwest.  Conditions will rapidly deteriorate into the morning hours on Friday with a probable landfall expected somewhere between Daytona Beach or south.  Even if the center does not make landfall, very high wind is likely along the I-95 corridor in eastern FL.

Depending on how far west Matthew tracks even Orlando could experience hurricane force wind gusts.  So much depends on the exact track over the next 48 hours.  Tomorrow will be a very important day for Floridians as it will be the last day for them to prepare.

Farther up the coast towards Georgia and the Carolinas,  we will just have to wait and see what the angle of the track is and how much structure remains with Matthew after its landfall in Florida.

Right now you can bet on heavy rain and gusty winds and some storm surge from Georgia north in to South and North Carolina.  Again the exact extent of these impacts depends so much on factors that cannot be resolved this early.

I will have a more in-depth a video discussion very late tonight  after I arrive at my hotel in Titusville. Tomorrow, I will begin setting up equipment to document the effects of the storm while collecting valuable weather data.  Follow long live via the link below:

http://ustre.am/7kSh

You may also follow along in our mobile app, Hurricane Impact, two words,  available on the App Store and Google play.  I will be streaming live video of the link above during all of my waking hours.  Best of luck to the Floridians as well as folks in the Bahamas during this stressful time.

M. Sudduth 7:45 pm ET Oct 5

 

 

 

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