Archive: Hurricane Matthew Update #5

Thursday, October 6, at 3:00 p.m.

Changes since the last update

Hurricane Matthew is moving northwest at 14 mph. The National Weather Service expects it to turn more to the north tonight (Thursday night) or early Friday morning. Although some strengthening is possible prior to landfall, it will likely remain a category 4. The most recent maps show the storm possibly making landfall between West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie late tonight.

The storm surge threat at the beach continues to worsen. It may seem like an entertaining idea to go to the beach and watch the storm roll in, but the beach is the worst possible place to be in this storm. The forecast includes 7’-11’ storm surge above ground level at the beach and 6’-9’ storm surge above ground level from the St. Johns River, with the additional threat of large wave action on top of those tides. This is why the residents of the beaches were ordered to evacuate.

Please exercise every caution, especially today and tomorrow. Keep your devices charged while the power is on, and stay indoors.

Communication

We will continue communicating with you by email, social media, and the website throughout the storm. Emergency alerts will be sent via text.

For continued updates, please check our Facebook, Twitter, and the website. If you have questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.