3:20 am weather: 78F, wind-driven moderate to occasionally heavy intensity rain, wind NNE 35 mph, gusting 45-50 mph in heavier bands of rain. Rainfall (since 9 pm): 1"+ (inside tube of the 11" gauge is full and the maybe 1/2" has collected in the outer cylinder) Didn't want to spend much time outside in the yard given the conditions. I'll read and dump gauge at 7 am weather observation for CoCoRaHS network. Surf conditions: Will not be able to visually check until conditions settle down. There is a curfew in effect until 7 am Saturday morning. From what I heard when briefly checking rain gauge and thermometer, the wind and pelting rain are now louder than the sound of the ocean one block away (surf was 6-8 feet and building yesterday evening) Tide at Sunglow pier: outgoing, low 6:18 am
Was hoping to sleep until 5 am, but conditions at my location worsened sooner than I expected, so I'm up for good. We have been getting tropical storm weather since around 2 am. Given in increasing size of Matthew's wind field, I'm expecting hurricane conditions shortly after sunrise. There are some 3" or less diameter tree branches down in my neighborhood, along with an aluminum awning and assorted trash bins. I've seen several bright flashes outside, assume from transformers being tested by wind and rain. Still, we have power thanks to the FPL overhead line hardening project beachside this summer. My pets (2 yellow labs and a calico cat) are staying close to heal.
Very good news in the last update with forecast potentially keeping Matthew's eye from making a hard landfall. Still, worried about a possible wobble west near the Cape that could put coastal Volusia in the west side of outer eyewall.
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