Crisis averted? Hurricane Matthew to stay south...maybe

Submitted by Phil Brickma on October 5th, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Good news. Latest forecast cone from NOAA has Hurricane Matthew slowing down and taking a turn east at the Carolinas. If it follows this path, it shouldn't pose a problem for Saturday's 7 p.m. kick in Piscataway. Fingers crossed.

Congratulations, Rutgers, you get to keep your night game.




October 5th, 2016 at 10:20 AM ^

Not sure if it was even a hurricane when it made impact but I take your point, these storms do run up the coast in the mid to late fall but usually become a tropical cyclone by the time they make it up there to the cooler air. At any rate, it's a rainmaker at that point, if you live in a flood zone you 've got problems. If you don't, it's a windy rain storm


Mr. Elbel

October 5th, 2016 at 2:05 PM ^

I heard from a coworker they pretty much shut down the whole state and encouraged people in Columbia to stay home so that the highways would be clear for people evacuating. Pretty great planning if you ask me. My coworkers' daughter is coming up from Columbia to VA since she has the rest of the week off work.

Blue Ninja

October 5th, 2016 at 9:50 AM ^

I too live in SC in Lexington. I was in Marion up until last night which is part of the evacuation zone, with the evacuation to take place today I decided it was a good time to head home, was supposed to be there until tonight. Nothing but campers and RV's on the way home last night and gas stations were packed out. No school here the rest of the week as our schools are evacuation centers. 

Hail Harbo

October 5th, 2016 at 6:48 AM ^

Matthew isn't slowing down as much as the slow moving storm isn't traveling at the speed  upon which the models are predicated.

And while it may be good news for the mid-Atlantic states and points north, the south Atlantic states, or at least FL, are going to be hammered even worse.


October 5th, 2016 at 12:23 PM ^

I'm shuttering my house and my family's houses today before evacuating and hoping this slow moving category 4 hurricane doesn't take my roof off or send driving rains up my attic vent down here in Florida. And the changing east projection has it circling back and passing through Florida again.


October 5th, 2016 at 8:08 AM ^

Also, I wonder if they generally lean towards predicting it will come ashore vs. staying out at sea. If they predict it will stay out at sea, nobody will prepare and if it did turn that could be really bad. Nobody is upset if they prepare and then it doesn't hit.


October 5th, 2016 at 6:54 AM ^

Obviously, that trip got cancelled. Latest model had FLL taking a direct hit. Fortunately, the coast is on the western side of the storm, where storm surge should be less severe. Still, the Atlantic-side of Florida is going to take a beating.


October 5th, 2016 at 7:17 AM ^

looks to me like it'll be around south florida 2am friday and north florida at 2am saturday ... i can't imagine it'll make it all the way up to new jersey by saturday night (or even sunday morning when the team leaves). sounds like it'll be awful for folks in the south, but we should be alright for the game.

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