Hurricane Matthew Drives Storm Surge
Published on October 7th, 2016
(October 7, 2016; 05:00 PM EDT) – Hurricane Matthew’s eyewall continues to brush parts of Florida’s northeast coast with high winds and major storm surge flooding, and will spread those impacts, in addition to potentially serious rainfall flooding into Georgia, South Carolina, and southern North Carolina through at least Saturday night. Hurricane warnings are in effect from Cocoa Beach, Florida, to Surf City, North Carolina.
A hurricane watch has been posted north of Surf City to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, meaning hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. A tropical storm warning has been hoisted north of that to include the Outer Banks of North Carolina, as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Matthew’s precarious track in which the eyewall may scrape the coast with destructive hurricane-force winds will spread north through Saturday along the northeast Florida coast, Georgia coast, and parts of the South Carolina coast.
Storm surge flooding has already occurred along the northeast Florida coast, including in the Daytona Beach, St. Augustine.