Hurricane Matthew: Broward Spared From Worst, As Storm Continues Path Along Florida's East Coast
Broward residents should prepare for severe weather conditions. The county is now under tropical storm warning as Hurricane Matthew approaches northern parts of Florida.
Here's the latest on the storm and what you can do to prepare.
Friday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m. advisory:
Hurricane Matthew—now a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph—spared most of South Florida from danger as it continues to move up along the state’s eastern coast toward Jacksonville, Georgia, and South Carolina.
The storm is currently located 35 miles north-northeast of Cape Canaveral and 45 miles east-southeast of Daytona Beach.
Areas south of Jupiter Inlet are no longer under tropical storm warning.
Schools in Broward County remain closed Friday. About 8,980 FPL customers in the area remain without power.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 11 p.m. advisory:
As of 11 p.m., Hurricane Matthew was located 50 miles north-northwest of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, as the eye edges toward Florida’s east coast.
Forecasters expect the storm—still a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph—to weaken slightly over the next 48 hours as it continues to head northwest, past Palm Beach County.
Hurricane-strength conditions are expected to reach warning areas over the next few hours and spread northward through Friday. Tropical storm conditions will continue to spread in the area tonight and Friday.
Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties remain under a hurricane warning as feeder bands from the system make their way across the areas. Broward and Miami-Dade are under a tropical storm warning.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m. update:
Hurricane warnings from south of Boca Raton to Golden Beach have been lifted. The areas are now under tropical storm warnings, as Hurricane Matthew travels to the northwest.
Officials are urging residents to remain indoors until after the storm passes tonight.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m. advisory:
Hurricane Matthew is located 23 miles south-southeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and about 100 miles west of West Palm Beach.
The storm remains a category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. Some fluctuation in intensity is expected.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue moving in across most of South Florida over the next few hours, with hurricane-strength conditions expected to arrive in warning areas tonight.
Since the last advisory, hurricane warnings have been extended to South Santee River, South Carolina, and tropical warnings have been issued from there north to Surf City, North Carolina.
At this point, forecasters say they expect stronger parts of Hurricane Matthew to come toward land just north of Palm Beach and Central Florida. Winds are still expected to affect the areas south of those communities.
Earlier this afternoon, Broward Mayor Marty Kiar announced county roads would be closing at 3 p.m., meaning first-responders may not easily be able to reach drivers in need of help.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. update
Broward County roads will close at 3 p.m. After that time, if something happens to you while driving, first-responders may have a difficult time reaching you.
Shelters will continue to accept people until 3 p.m. If it’s after 3 p.m., officials urge you to stay where you are.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. advisory:
Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.
The storm is currently located about 25 miles west-northwest of Nassau, Bahamas, and 180 miles west of West Palm Beach.
Effects from the storm are expected to reach South Florida within the next few hours, with hurricane conditions beginning to reach areas under a hurricane warning later this evening.
Speaking from Martin County, Gov. Rick Scott urged all Florida residents to stay off the beaches and take all warnings and evacuations seriously.
“This is game day. This is when it’s going to hit,” he said.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m. advisory:
Hurricane Matthew is located about 30 miles south-southwest of Nassau, Bahamas, and about 215 miles southeast of West Palm Beach.
The category 3 storm has strengthened slightly, with maximum sustained winds now at 125 mph. Forecasters expect Matthew to strengthen to a category 4 storm as it continues its approach to South Florida.
Hurricane warnings remain for a majority of South Florida, with tropical storm warnings still in place for areas from Golden Beach in Miami-Dade County south through the Keys.
Watches and warnings have been issued along much of the eastern coast of the U.S., going as far north as South Santee River, South Carolina.
The eye of the storm should pass near Grand Bahama Island late Thursday and move close to the Florida peninsula Thursday night through Friday night.
Fort Lauderdale city officials are reminding residents to finalize all preparations by noon today, since conditions are expected to deteriorate into the evening as Hurricane Matthew begins its approach toward Florida.
There will not be residential trash, recycling and bulk trash collection on Thursday or Friday.
Fort Lauderdale International Airport will be closing at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 p.m. advisory:
As of 11 p.m., the eye of the storm was located about 125 miles south-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, and 325 miles southeast of West Palm Beach.
Still a category 3 storm, Hurricane Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.
The storm is expected to gain strength, and it could be a category 4 hurricane as it heads toward Florida.
Most of South Florida remains under a hurricane warning, with communities from Golden Beach down to the Keys still under a tropical storm warning.
Hurricane conditions are expected to approach areas currently under hurricane warning by Thursday night, with tropical storm conditions coming in as early as Thursday morning.
Hurricane warnings have also been issued for areas from the Flagler/Volusia county line up north to Fernandina Beach, which is located near Jacksonville. Hurricane watches are in effect for areas north of Fernandina Beach to Edisto Beach, South Carolina.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. advisory:
As of 11 a.m., Hurricane Matthew was located about 55 miles north-northeast of Cuba, and 105 miles south of Long Island in the Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds were 120 mph, making Matthew a category 3 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center notes Matthew could remain at category 3 or get stronger while it moves through the Bahamas and approaches Florida's east coast.
Most of South Florida remains under a hurricane warning, meaning hurricane-strength conditions are expected, with areas from the Keys up to Golden Beach in Miami-Dade County still under tropical storm warning.
Forecasters expect Matthew to move across the Bahamas later today, with hurricane conditions expected to reach Florida's hurricane warning area by late Thursday. Tropical storm conditions may be apparent, however, as early as Thursday morning.
Officials urge Florida residents to finish any storm prep, including gathering supplies and putting up shutters, today.
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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5 a.m. advisory:
As of 5 a.m., Hurricane Matthew was located about 65 miles north-northwest of the eastern tip of Cuba, and 155 miles south-southeast of Long Island in the Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds were 125 mph, which downgrades Matthew to a category 3 hurricane. However, the National Hurricane Center notes the storm is expected to strengthen over the next couple of days.
Since the 11 p.m. advisory, hurricane watches have been extended up Florida’s east coast to Fernandina Beach, located near Jacksonville.
Most of South Florida remains under a hurricane warning, with areas from the Keys up to Golden Beach in Miami Dade County still under tropical storm warning.
The storm is expected to make a north-northwest turn today, and a northwest turn this evening. Forecasters expect Matthew to move across the Bahamas Thursday, and be near Florida Thursday evening.
Officials urge Florida residents to finish any storm prep, including gathering supplies and putting up shutters, today.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11 p.m. advisory:
As of the 11 p.m. advisory, the storm was located 55 miles east-northeast of Guantanamo, Cuba, and 20 miles northwest of the eastern tip of Cuba.
The eye of the storm was moving off the northeastern coast of the island.
Maximum sustained winds decreased slightly to 130 mph. However, Hurricane Matthew remains a category 4 storm, which is classified as having wind speeds of 130 to 156 mph.
Hurricane warnings have now been issued for Golden Beach in Miami-Dade County up through Sebastian Inlet (just north of Vero Beach) and Lake Okeechobee. Hurricane conditions are expected to affect these areas.
Tropical storm watches previously issued from the Keys to Golden Beach have been upgraded to tropical storm warnings. Hurricane watches now extend from parts of the Treasure Coast north to the Flagler/Volusia county line.
The National Weather Service urges residents to prep for the storm, which may bring damaging winds, heavy rain, isolated tornadoes, rough surf and coastal flooding to South Florida starting as early as Thursday morning.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. advisory:
As of the 5 p.m. advisory, the storm was located 65 miles east-southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba, and 30 miles south-southwest of the eastern tip of Cuba.
Hurricane watches, originally declared from Deerfield Beach up through Central Florida, have now been extended south through Golden Beach in Miami-Dade County.
The Florida Keys up through Golden Beach remain under tropical storm watch.
Maximum sustained winds are 140 mph, which classifies Hurricane Matthew as a category 4 storm. Fluctuations in intensity are expected, but Matthew is projected to remain a major hurricane through Thursday night.
Florida areas under hurricane watch may see hurricane conditions late Thursday, with tropical storm conditions by early Thursday.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. advisory:
Northern Broward has been placed under a hurricane watch, and the rest of the county should likewise prepare for the possibility of severe weather as Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida.
Hurricane watches have been issued from Deerfield Beach in Broward County up through the Volusia/Brevard county line in Central Florida.
Tropical storm watches are in effect from the Florida Keys up through Deerfield Beach, plus Lake Okeechobee.
The eye of the category 4 storm, with current maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, made landfall near Les Anglais in Haiti on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 a.m. Matthew is expected to remain “a powerful hurricane” through Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center notes.
As of the 11 a.m. advisory, the storm was located about 35 miles north-northeast of Tiburon, Haiti, and 90 miles south of the eastern tip of Cuba. The eye was located in the Gulf of Gonave.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for Haiti, parts of Cuba, the southeastern Bahamas, central Bahamas and northwestern Bahamas.
The latest forecast model puts Matthew near the Bahamas around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, and off the east coast of Florida by 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.
Hurricane conditions are possible in Florida counties currently under hurricane watch by Thursday evening, with tropical storm conditions approaching by Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service in Miami notes potential impacts that include strong winds, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes. The agency also notes dangerous beach conditions and a high risk of rip currents.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency Monday evening, urging residents in all counties to prepare for the storm. In the event of a direct hit to Florida, Scott cautioned, the storm could bring the kind of damage the state hasn't seen since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler released a hurricane preparedness message Tuesday afternoon, urging Broward County to prepare.
"Now is the time for all of us to make sure our emergency plans are up-to-date and that we are well-prepared by the time the storm begins impacting our area. … Please also communicate with your neighbors to determine if they may need additional assistance before, during, or after the storm," Seiler said in a statement.
Broward County Public Schools will close on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7. Classes will remain open on Wednesday, Oct. 5, but all after-school activities and evening events are canceled.
The following are designated American Red Cross General Population Shelters in Broward County.
Lyons Creek Middle School
4333 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek
Monarch High School
5050 Wiles Rd., Coconut Creek
Coral Glades High School
2700 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs
Fox Trail Elementary School
1250 Nob Hill Rd., Davie
Rock Island Elementary/Arthur Ashe Middle School
1701 N.W. 23rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Watkins Elementary School
3520 S.W. 52nd Ave., Pembroke Park
Park Lakes Elementary School
3925 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes
New Renaissance Middle School
10701 Miramar Blvd., Miramar
Everglades High School
17100 SW 52 Ave., Miramar
Silver Trail Middle School
18300 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines
West Broward High School
500 NW 209 Ave., Pembroke Pines
Plantation Elementary School
651 N.W. 42nd Ave., Plantation
Pompano Beach High School
600 N.E. 13 Ave., Pompano Beach
Falcon Cove Middle School
4251 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston
As a reminder, here are some items you should have handy in your storm kit:
- At least 1 gallon of water per person for three to five days. (Keep in mind you’ll need a bit extra for any food prep and personal hygiene.)
- Stock up on non-perishable food items, including cereal, canned foods (such as tuna, vegetables, soups), powdered milk, canned juices, dried fruit, peanut butter, crackers and granola bars.
- Flashlights, candles (good idea to store matches in waterproof container)
- First aid kit
- A supply of any necessary prescription medications you may need to have on hand
- Can opener/bottle opener
- Toilet paper, napkins, baby wipes, garbage bags, towels
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