9:20 pm weather: 80F, wind-driven moderate to occasionally heavy intensity rain, wind NE 22 mph, gusting to 35 mph in heavier bands of rain. Rainfall (since noon): 0.55" Surf conditions: very consistent breaking surf 6-8 feet and building, wind-driven foam in the surf break with a strong north to south current Tide: incoming, high 12:20 am
Constant roar of building "Victory at Sea" surf is even louder than the wind and driving rain one block off the beach. Roads are deserted. Sheriff's deputies are positioned at each end of the causeway restricting access from the mainland to beachside, but you can still leave to evacuate (as of 9 pm). When the wind reaches 45 mph the causeway will close to all traffic.
A band of persistent and heavy rain spiraled between New Smyrna Beach and Mims this evening, and Doppler estimates 4-6" of rain has fallen from the coast in a southwest arc extending well inland past the north side of Orlando. Very glad not to have this band in my area to saturate the soil and weaken tree roots ahead of hurricane force winds
The wobbly, painfully slow cyclonic "half-loop" that Matthew's eye made near West End of Grand Bahamas hopefully will not happen here in east Volusia after the hurricane tracks across/near the Cape tomorrow. Will report conditions around 6 am Friday if we still have Brighthouse. G'nite and stay safe.
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