The National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane and tropical storm watches for all of our Florida counties.
Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties are under a hurricane watch. Alachua, Baker, Bradford, and Union counties are under a tropical storm watch.
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm like conditions within the specific area. Hurricane and tropical storm watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of winds in an area.
The National Hurricane Center has clocked Matthew's wind speeds at 125 mph, making it a Cat 3 Hurricane.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment to our Facebook wall! Send any weather photos to us using #FCNStorm