Today’s situation report at noon for Historic City News readers from Kelly Wilson in the office of St. Johns County Emergency Management. The next Situation Report will be issued tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. unless conditions dictate an earlier report.
Hurricane Matthew is a dangerous “Category 4” hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph. Its current location is 35 miles NNE of Tiburon Haiti and moving to the north at 10 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.
On this track the eye of Matthew will move over the Windward Passage and eastern Cuba today. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected by Wednesday, followed by a northwest turn Wednesday night.
Matthew is expected to move near or over portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas tonight and Wednesday, and approach the northwestern Bahamas Wednesday night.
Potential Local Impacts:
- Tropical Storm conditions possibly beginning Thursday night for northeast Florida coastal areas.
- Building rough surf, leading to significant beach erosion.
Dangerous rip currents
- Waves of locally heavy rainfall will also be possible, outside of Hurricane Matthew Wednesday and Thursday.
- The greatest impacts from the storm will be along the coast, based on the latest forecast.
Potential Local Impacts if the track shifts farther west (left) of current track:
- Coastal flooding and heavy rainfall.
- Damaging winds.
St. Johns County has been placed in the 5 day forecast cone by the National Hurricane Center.
- No Watches or Warnings have been issued for St. Johns County.
Today’s Weather: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 83. Northeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Tonight’s Weather: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Northeast wind 10 to 14 mph.
Tuesday’s Weather: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.