Tracking Hurricane Matthew

posted: 10/05/16
by: Eileen Marable
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Devastating video is coming in of the destruction Hurricane Matthew has left in its wake as it pummeled Haiti Tuesday morning. Along with the storm surge, the category storm brought heavy winds and rain causing massive flooding and mudslides displacing thousands and fatalities just beginning to be reported.

Tuesday evening Matthew hit Cuba and Hispaniola, slowing slightly as it made its way through the island's mountainous region. It now has the central and northwestern Bahamas in its sights, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issuing warnings for the islands - also noting to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Nicole out to the East in the Atlantic.

The big questions are: when will this dangerous hurricane hit the Bahamas and will it hit the East Coast of the United States?

Tracking this storm is proving tricky because it is slow moving - proceeding forward at about 10 to 15 mph. Remember though, that's just forward speed - wind speed for Hurricane Matthew has been sustained at 125mph. Most models suggest the storm should hit the Bahamas sometime on Thursday and could linger there for as much as a day before heading towards the East Coast of the United States.

How do we know this information? It's thanks to the wealth of public information provided by NOAA and its National Hurricane Center. You can get the hourly tracking, wind speeds, and advisories via the site or mobile and text optimized versions. Click on their Data and Analysis tab and you'll find satellite and aircraft maps of all kinds. It's worth noting there is also a deep section on education on hurricanes and information on preparedness.

So as communities from Florida as far north as Virginia Beach prepare for the impact of Hurricane Matthew likely at some point as we head into the weekend, all of us can stay connected and educated thanks to NOAA.

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