Hurricane Matthew

Orange County now under a Hurricane Watch

At 5:00 AM EDT today The National Hurricane Center reported the center of Hurricane Matthew was 65 miles northwest of the eastern tip of Cuba. Hurricane Matthew is moving toward the north near 10 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected today, followed by a northwest turn tonight. Matthew will be moving across the Bahamas through Thursday, and is expected to be very near the east coast of Florida by Thursday evening.

hurricane matthewMaximum sustained winds are near 125 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some slight strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).

Hurricane conditions are expected to continue affecting the northwest portion of Haiti this morning. Hurricane conditions are likely occuring over eastern Cuba and portions of the southeastern Bahamas. Hurricane conditions are expected to spread over the central Bahamas later today and the northwestern Bahamas tonight.

Tropical storm conditions will continue over portions of Haiti and eastern Cuba this morning. Tropical storm conditions are spreading over the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and should reach the central and northwestern Bahamas later today, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Tropical storm conditions should diminish within the warning area in the Dominican Republic this morning.

Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area in Florida by late Thursday, with tropical storm conditions expected by early Thursday. Tropical storm conditions should reach the tropical storm warning area in Florida by early Thursday.



  1. Got some supplies this morning for the storm. Heard a lot of complaints that Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Dollar Tree was out of bottled water. Heard some people saying that some gas stations only had the high priced gas. Wawa was a nightmare, and could not get to the pumps! 7-11 on Rock Spring Road was a nightmare, we ended up at the Marathon Station near Errol. They were out of diesel, but we didn’t need that anyway. Everyone is going crazy, but upbeat, but still scared. I saw people hording batteries, honestly buying enough for six months! I was surprised the bread, pet food, and canned goods were still on the shelves. Over at Cape Canaveral or maybe it was Cocoa, the hospital is built out there on the barrier island, of all places! And now they are evacuating everyone, including the hospital!!! What were they thinking, when they built that hospital out there???????????????

  2. Praying for everyone throughout this terrible hurricane that we all survive and that our homes are not blown away, or demolished by falling trees. I have some big trees in my yard and I am worried big time. My relative asked me from out of state what would we do if our home was damaged, and I said I don’t have a clue, as to what we would do. I think other people are the same way. God bless everyone, and stay safe, the best you can, I just want it to move away, back out to sea, but it doesn’t look like that is what it is going to do!

  3. And worse is the rotating activity that leads to tornadoes that can spawn off of these things……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. All I know was I sat here before through four of these hurricanes alone, and yes I had a little booze to calm me, as I was frightened to death when the winds started sounding like the patio doors were going to blow in! My mother was still living then and we kept calling each other back and forth throughout the day and night, she at her home, and me at mine. Way up in the early morning during one hurricane, my mother-in-law called me and she was frightened as the huge pine tree had toppled over in her back yard, and made a loud boom sound. That is when I really got scared then!

  5. We were out of power temporarily during one hurricane, but not the others. And one of the streets very near us was out of power for at least a month. You could hear the generators running everywhere down that street, for weeks on end.

  6. After the winds churn up the ocean waters, the old sharks will be back and ready for a bite, a quick snack, as their eyesight and brain says, time for a snack! The worst time for an ocean swim is when the water is stirred up like from a hurricane!

  7. I’ve got to bring in my two parakeets and two white doves in from outside. Move my hanging baskets down. Tie down the lawn chairs. Take down the yard umbrella. Lay down my taller plants. Take down the wind chimes…. I have filled up water containers. Got supplies, got gas, got some cash on hand. What else??


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