So far so good for the East Coast of Florida…
The eye of Matthew has remained about 20 miles off the East Coast of Florida so far. This keeps the extreme winds off the coast, so wind damage should be at a relative minimum along the Florida East Coast so far, in comparison to what it could have been. There will likely be some coastal flooding, but again, nowhere near as bad as it could have been, had the eye come on shore.
Now, for areas further north, the eye could still make landfall further north but at the moment it appears that the worst of the winds could remain just off shore. The next locations to watch will be around Jacksonville, Florida, and then possibly around Charleston, South Carolina for possible landfall. Luckily though, by the time the storm gets to Charleston it will have lost much of its strength from being so close to land for so long.
We will just have to wait until daybreak to see how bad it was, but I can tell you that right now, this could have been much worse.
The next major concern for the Southeastern United States with Matthew will be 5-15 inches of rain in Eastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina.
Possibly our hopes and prayers were answered...
As for the New York City and Allentown Pennsylvania areas, we will have pretty nice weather for the next 10 days, with only a chance of a shower or thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon or night and then a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will be mainly in the upper 60’s to low 70’s today and tomorrow, dropping to the upper 50’s to mid 60’s Sunday through Tuesday, then rising to the 60’s Wednesday and the upper 60’s to low 70’s Thursday.
Next Friday and Saturday then look nice with highs in the upper 60’s to low 70’s next Friday and the mid to upper 60’s next Saturday.
Next Sunday we will then have increasing cloudiness with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm at night. Highs will be in the upper 60’s to low 70’s.
Next Monday through Thursday then look variably cloudy with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm each day and highs in the mid 60’s to low 70’s.
Have a happy Friday and let’s continue to hope for the best for the Southeastern United States…
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