Hurricane Matthew now category 3 is about to hit the Atlantic coast of the US. The hurricane’s center is about 215 miles southeast of West Palm Beach, Fla., and it is moving northwest at 12 miles per hour over the Bahamas.The storm’s maximum sustained winds rose overnight to 125 m.p.h. from 115 m.p.h. It is expected to intensify to become a Category 4 hurricane with winds of almost 135 m.p.h as the NHC reported, making this storm a very dangerous one.
An important point to make is that landfall does not need to take place for the worst impacts to come ashore. The strongest winds and most drilling surge will come to the coast in the eyewall, which surrounds the eye. Landfall occurs when the calmest portion of the eye, or the center, comes ashore. Hurricane conditions will come ashore even if the center stays 20 to 30 miles offshore.
The NHC forecast calls for Matthew to be a dangerous Category 4 hurricane near the coast of Florida, capable of producing devastating impacts. Structural wind damage is expected along with downed trees and widespread power outages in areas where hurricane-force winds occur. Matthew is forecast to be a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) when it moves near Florida’s east coast, so extreme wind damage from winds over 100 mph is very possible.
The National Weather Service said in a local statement that widespread extensive to devastating wind impacts will be felt along the coast. Power outages could last for many days.
EBD / R&G teams are prepared to respond to our clients in regards to Hurricane Matthew.