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FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Matthew update, outlook for Coastal Empire, SC Lowcountry

(Source: RNN) (Source: RNN)

Tropical storm conditions are possible Friday. 

That’s Matthew hopefully passing our area far enough offshore. We should know better by Wednesday, there is still a chance Matthew could turn and come straight into Georgia and South Carolina. Have your hurricane plan ready-to-go, and we’ll hope we don’t need it. 

Just a quick mention of Matthew now: The major hurricane is pounding Jamaica, western Haiti and eastern Cuba Monday night with FEET of rain, 100+ mph winds and absolutely horrible destruction.

However, Matthew should weaken a bit with some land interaction before heading north for the ride the entire length of the Bahamas.

Deep moisture continues to be transported inland with our onshore flow on Monday afternoon, and with some diurnal heating, expect a round of late-day showers and storms mainly south of I-16 . Then our New England high exits to the east, pushing a new coastal trough onshore with enhanced showers possibilities tonight.

NWS is suggesting we should expect a “slow deterioration” of conditions after that as Matthew approaches, incredible in its overall size and power this late in the Hurricane Season.  The “cone of uncertainty” is quite wide for the end of the week and includes us! We just don’t know yet, but the TREND is for Matthew to stay east of us late Friday into early Saturday. 

We’ll be watching!

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