Hurricane Matthew: Here are scenarios for the USA

Hurricane Matthew Tuesday NOON update

Should the U.S. be worried about powerhouse Hurricane Matthew? Forecasters Tuesday say there is a growing cause for concern.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida, the National Hurricane Center reported Tuesday morning. This means hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.

The director of the hurricane center, Rick Knabb, tweeted out a serious warning on Monday: "U.S. East Coast: Find out today if you live in an evacuation zone. If so, decide where you'd go, how you'd get there if told to go."

There had been basically two extremely wide-ranging scenarios in the U.S. for Matthew after it batters the Caribbean: Either a direct hit, anywhere from Florida to Maine, or a miss, with the storm sliding up the coast but never making landfall.

The latest forecast released Tuesday morning shows the center of the storm spinning to the east of Florida on Thursday and Friday before curving into the Carolinas, potentially hitting near the South Carolina / North Carolina border early Saturday.

States of emergency have been declared in two states: "I have declared a state of emergency in every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Monday afternoon.

In North Carolina, central and eastern portions of the state were also placed under emergency declarations, according to Gov. Pat McCrory.

As of 11 a.m. ET, the hurricane center said the dangerous storm was battering Haiti with top sustained winds near 145 mph. It was moving to the north at 10 mph. It was located about 35 miles north-northeast of Tiburon, Haiti.

A hurricane warning was in effect for all of Haiti and portions of Cuba and the Bahamas.

Should the U.S. be worried about powerhouse Hurricane Matthew? Forecasters Tuesday say there is a growing cause for concern.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida, the National Hurricane Center reported Tuesday morning. This means hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.

The director of the hurricane center, Rick Knabb, tweeted out a serious warning on Monday: "U.S. East Coast: Find out today if you live in an evacuation zone. If so, decide where you'd go, how you'd get there if told to go."

There had been basically two extremely wide-ranging scenarios in the U.S. for Matthew after it batters the Caribbean: Either a direct hit, anywhere from Florida to Maine, or a miss, with the storm sliding up the coast but never making landfall.

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The latest forecast released Tuesday morning shows the center of the storm spinning to the east of Florida on Thursday and Friday before curving into the Carolinas, potentially hitting near the South Carolina / North Carolina border early Saturday.

States of emergency have been declared in two states: "I have declared a state of emergency in every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Monday afternoon.

In North Carolina, central and eastern portions of the state were also placed under emergency declarations, according to Gov. Pat McCrory.

As of 11 a.m. ET, the hurricane center said the dangerous storm was battering Haiti with top sustained winds near 145 mph. It was moving to the north at 10 mph. It was located about 35 miles north-northeast of Tiburon, Haiti.

A hurricane warning was in effect for all of Haiti and portions of Cuba and the Bahamas.

"Coastal residents from Florida to Canada should be on the alert for possible impacts in a few days, especially given this hurricane’s strength and breadth," said Weather Underground meteorologist Robert Henson.

What will ultimately determine how close Matthew comes to the East Coast involves the timing and strength of large-scale weather systems spinning over the U.S. and the Atlantic, according to weather.com. Upper-level high and low pressure areas — whose forecast are difficult to pin down — will either act to help pull the storm into land or push it out to sea.

Even if the storm doesn't make a direct hit, massive waves will pound portions of the East Coast, Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore said.

The largest waves will likely batter Florida to North Carolina on Wednesday through Friday, AccuWeather warned. Rip currents will also develop and can be life-threatening.

 


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