Matthew brushing NE coast of FL; Improving weather for South Florida

While South Florida got spared by Matthew, our friends in the Caribbean were not so lucky. The western eyewall of Hurricane Matthew is brushing portions of the northeast coast of Florida producing hurricane force winds, plenty of heavy steady rain and coastal flooding. As Matthew continues to move north away parallel to the coast, we will have the occasional rain band moving a quick shower and leaving us with a strong breeze. That breeze will provide for high waves, rough seas, rip currents and beach erosion through the weekend. Therefore, please avoid swimming and boating going into Columbus Day.

By the middle of next week, the forecast becomes tricky as Matthew may once again bring impacts to South Florida. Right now it is too early to tell, but certainly something your Storm Station will watch.

The latest on Matthew is that the center is expected to move over or near the northeast coast of Florida, then gradually weaken into a category 1 on Saturday possibly move over or near Georgia and South Carolina. After that expected become a tropical storm and hopefully fall apart as it gets pushed back south. For now, residents along the coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina will continue to experience heavy rain possibly accumulating between 8-12 inches causing flash flooding. Other potential impacts include, storm surge of 6-9 feet, life-threatening surf and rip currents.

Have a wonderful weekend South Florida and make it a safe one!

Vivian Gonzalez
Meteorologist, AMS Certified
WSVN Channel 7