The Hurricane Matthew situation is stranger than fiction. The Spaghetti Models had been off base, saying Matthew wasn’t coming close to the East coast, but then last night they all went crazy.
Go home spaghetti models! You’re drunk!
Strange days, indeed.
Hurricane Matthew likely won’t strike the US for another day — but after seeing its devastating impact on Haiti, many are not taking chances.
They’ve raided stores for supplies, waited in seemingly endless gas station lines and evacuated their homes as the storm threatens much of the East Coast.
After its harsh winds and heavy rains assailed Caribbean nations, Hurricane Matthew continued early Wednesday its march toward the US. The deadly hurricane, which has sustained winds at 125 mph as it heads toward the Bahamas, has triggered a hurricane warning for parts of Florida — and started to cause headaches elsewhere along the East Coast.
Forecasters predict it will be a Category 4 hurricane by the time it brushes up against the East Coast — including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina — sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday.
Texroy Spence, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, loads plywood onto his car at the Home Depot in Deerfield Beach, Florida on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
The Hurricane Center said the storm could make landfall in any of those states. It also noted that long-range forecasting can be imprecise and cautioned each of those areas to be on guard.
“When a hurricane is forecast to take a track roughly parallel to a coastline, as Matthew is forecast to do … it becomes very difficult to estimate impacts this far in advance,” the hurricane center said.
State officials this week have warned residents and visitors of potential miserable times ahead. So far, Florida gas stations attendants have seen long lines, South Carolina motorists have endured heavy gridlock on highways and North Carolina tourists have been told to cut their vacations short.
Here are how Southern states are preparing for potential effects as Matthew moves north:
Earlier this week Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the entire state. In doing so, he warned that a direct hit by Matthew could lead to “massive destruction” on a level unseen since Hurricane Andrew devastated the Miami area in 1992.
The top priority, Scott said, would be to ensure that Florida did not add to Matthew’s death toll, which has climbed to seven people by late Tuesday.
“We have to be prepared for a major hurricane,” Scott said. “We have to prepare for a direct hit.”
As part of Florida’s preparation, Scott said he planned to activate 500 additional National Guard members by Wednesday morning.
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Scott advised Florida residents who live near the East Coast to leave before travel becomes difficult. He told reporters Tuesday that evacuation orders could be imminent.
Anita Baranyi keeps an eye on the generator she is purchasing while feeding her 6-month-old baby, Rufus Nagygyorgy at Lowe’s in Oakland Park, Florida.
Brevard County commissioners ordered one of the state’s first mandatory evacuations for residents of Merritt Island and other barrier islands. Residents are being ordered to leave starting 3 p.m. Wednesday.
CNN forecasters predict the storm could hit parts of Florida starting Thursday night. Starting late Tuesday night, the National Hurricane Center had placed parts of south Florida — including parts of metro Miami and Lake Okeechobee — under a hurricane warning.
Meanwhile, a hurricane watch now extends from the Sebastian Inlet north up to the Volusia/Brevard county line, including Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and Cape Canaveral.
The effects of the incoming storm have already been felt at gas stations in south Florida. CNN affiliate WSVN reported long lines at gas pumps at a Costco in North Miami Beach.
Shoppers look for items amid the generators, cases of water and gas cans at Lowe’s in Oakland Park, Florida, on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
“I’m just waiting my turn,” one woman told WSVN while being interviewed from behind her wheel. “I know it’ll be worse tomorrow.”
In Juniper, Florida, local resident Randy Jordan told CNN affiliate WPEC people were pushing and shoving their way through the local Home Depot to ranging from batteries to flashlights.
“The vibe on the street this morning is pre-panic,” Jordan said. “By tomorrow, it should just be a brawl.”
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Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in 13 coastal counties.
“We urge residents in these areas to remain calm but vigilant as they prepare for potential impact,” Deal said.
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Government officials are worried that 11 years of storm avoidance has left many residents complacent and not taking their warnings to make preparations seriously, as Hurricane Matthew marches toward the South Florida coast.
Packing sustained winds of 125 mph, the Category 3 storm was moving toward the Bahamas early Wednesday. Forecasters were predicting it could near Florida’s Atlantic coast by Thursday evening. Despite a slight decrease in winds in recent hours, they warn that Matthew, only recently a Category 4 storm and at one point a dangerous Category 5, still remains a powerful storm.
Officials hope to avoid a repeat of Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina. Those storms caused major damage to South Florida in 2005.
DEAR CONSPIRACY WEATHER SUBSCRIBERS, THIS IS THE MOST FANTASTIC MODEL FORECAST EVER. Matthew’s eye wall will devastate Florida all day Friday 10/7 and then Saturday morning Matthew is projected to move east and then south and looks like it may loop around and hit Florida a second time!!!!!!! Those darn geo engineers are really showing what they can do. STAY SAFE IF YOU CAN.
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