Yesterday, the forecast for Hurricane Matthew was to hug the Florida coast, but not make landfall, then move north, potentially making landfall in the Carolinas.
In just 24 hours, that forecast has changed dramatically.
Yesterday’s midday data began to show Matthew’s change in track – literally looping back around. Generally speaking, one “weird” model run is something to take with a grain of salt, but there have now been 3 rounds of new data coming in with this new “loop.”
What does this mean? It means MORE of an impact for the Sunshine state. The latest data shows Matthew strengthening back to a category 4 overnight, and hugging the coast, and likely making a landfall somewhere between Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, along the Space Coast.
Then, the drastic right curve takes it farther away from the Carolinas, and out into the Atlantic. So, the Carolina’s may be spared a bit from the worst of this storm, meanwhile, Florida is bracing for the worst.
Where does Matthew go early next week? It remains to be seen. Stay tuned.