For the first time in 11 years (Hurricane Wilma, 2005) a major hurricane is making landfall in Florida. Category 4 Hurricane Matthew is at present spreading is flooding bands of rain and hurricane-force winds across the eastern coast of Florida. It is not certain as to whether the eye of the hurricane will run ashore, but the effects will certainly be felt across the sunshine state.
With 283 fatalities reported in Haiti, this deadly storm has triggered mandatory evacuations throughout southeastern states and governors are pleading with residents to head the warnings. Already 280,000 have been evacuated in South Carolina and millions more in Florida.
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The track of Hurricane Matthew presents an interesting view as it "snakes" through the Caribbean and slams into Florida.
The forecast track of Hurricane Matthew has changed dramatically in the last 48 hours, much to the relief of New England residents. Direct impacts will be confined to Florida and the Carolinas as the Hurricane is set to track out to sea by Sunday.
Currently Hurricane Warnings remain in effect along the eastern shores of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
The heaviest rainfall over the next 24 hours will be eastern Florida, from West Palm Beach to Jacksonville, with 4-8 inches of rainfall.