5 things you need to know about Hurricane Matthew and its impact on First Coast

Hurricane Matthew 9 PM update

1. Hurricane Matthew is expected to hug the coast and move to the north, so this means Tropical storm or Hurricane watches are possible for the First Coast. 

[There's a 55% chance for Tropical Storm force winds and a 6% chance for Hurricane force winds.]

2. Since it's only Tuesday, we still have time to watch the storm. Now is not the time to panic, however families should communicate regularly and get their hurricane kits ready -- just in case. Here's a list of what you should include in your kit. 

3. Hurricane Matthew has winds of 145 mph and the National Hurricane Center says it's strengthening each day, we'll watch the storm closely as it continues to move north. 

4. By Friday Hurricane Matthew should be scooting along coast by 90 miles, that will be the day we see most of the impacts. Hurricane Center does have this storm brushing the Carolinas and making landfall. (We'll monitor)

5. First Coast should see the biggest impacts Thursday night into Friday with wind speeds up to 45+ mph. This means we'll get heavy rains, flood threats and dangerous surf. 

Gov. Scott declares State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency for all of Florida's 67 counties ahead of the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew on the State.

"Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously. If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992.That is why we cannot delay and must prepare for direct impact now. " Scott said. 

LIVE BLOG: Hurricane Matthew getting stronger, tracking further west

First Coast News live blog with hour-by- hour updates on Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew. Visit this page for the very latest on the storm's track and speed. 


Here you will find your evacuation zones, hurricane kit prep list and the very latest on Hurricane Matthew. You can also track the storm's path with our First Coast News storm tracker. Visit this page often. 

Questions or concerns? Tweet us at @FCN2go, email us at news@firstcoastnews.com or post a comment to our Facebook wall! Send any weather photos to us using #FCNStorm 



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