As of 2 p.m., Hurricane Matthew - still considered a Category 3 - is situated 40 miles east-southeast of St. Augustine and about 60 miles southeast of Jacksonville, Florida, packing sustained winds of 115 mph and gusts up to 150 mph.
With the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, within the next 48 hours, Matthew will continue to batter the northeastern Florida coastline and into Georgia’s coastal communities through Friday night.
Jacksonville is bracing for a dangerous storm surge, as Matthew will skim the coastline as high tide peaks by late afternoon. Local flooding has already been reported in St. Augustine ahead of high tide.
Even though the Georgia coast is already beginning to feel the wrath of Hurricane Matthew, the storm is projected to continue to make its northeastward turn out towards the Atlantic as early as Sunday.
That means hours of heavy rainfall, hurricane-force winds and if timed right with high tides, dangerous storm surge from the Georgia coast to Cape Hatteras, all areas that are now included in the Hurricane Warning until this storm weakens and moves out to sea.
The newest track brings the eye of the hurricane dangerously close to the coast by Charleston, South Carolina as a Category 2 before advancing northeast, slightly out to see before hooking its way back toward the Bahamas.
Nicole, which did hit hurricane status earlier today, has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is now nearly 340 miles south of Bermuda. She is projected to also loop around the current track and then onward toward Bermuda as a Tropical Storm into early next week.
In terms of feeling the impacts of Hurricane Matthew back here in New England, Matthew does push some tropical moisture toward us late Saturday into early Sunday, adding fuel ahead of the cold front that passes through New England this weekend. Otherwise, the hurricane-force winds and the storm itself remain well to our south.