Multiple tracking models are taking hurricane Matthew toward Florida’s east coast. As of 0500 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Wednesday, 05 October, the National Hurricane Center placed the center of Hurricane Matthew at latitude 21.1 degrees north and longitude 74.6 degrees west. This places the center of Matthew about 60 miles north of Cuba’s easternmost tip.

Currently, Category Three Hurricane Matthew’s top winds are 125 miles per hour (MPH)/205 kilometers per hour (KMPH), with the minimum air pressure at 962 millibars, or 28.41 inches of mercury. With the hurricane back over the warm waters just south of the Bahamas, and with shear expected to remain minimal, the NHC expects Matthew to rapidly regain Category Four intensity.

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Where Matthew is located, and where he is headed

As of early Wednesday morning, Matthew was moving just west of due north at 10 MPH/17 KMPH. The NHC expects the system to turn north-northwestward today, followed by a track toward the northwest Wednesday evening. This should bring Matthewjust east of Florida's Treasure Coast by 0200 EDT Friday. After that, the system is expected to turn just west of due north, paralleling the east coast of the Florida Peninsula.

At any point on Friday, the hurricane could make landfall on Florida’s Atlantic Coastline. The NHC continues nudging Matthew’s official track westward. However, the GFS, the EURO, and other tracking models bring the hurricane inland near Melbourne, Fla. Even more impressive – several models actually show Matthew looping back around and striking Florida again in approximately seven days.

When and where to expect the worst weather

The NHC expects tropical storm conditions to reach South Florida by Thursday afternoon and evening. However, hurricane conditions appear likely along Florida’s east coast during the day Friday. Whether or not Category Three or higher winds reach the coastline will all depend on the exact track of Matthew.

Alandfall would almost certainly bring significant damage to the locations in and right around where the hurricane comes ashore.

The NHC will issue the next intermediate advisory at 0800 EDT, followed by the next full advisory with an updated track at 1100 EDT. Everyone living in the Bahamas and Florida must watch Matthewwith extreme caution, as any minor deviation toward the east or the west will change weather conditions dramatically at and around the given locations.

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