MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Mon Oct 03 2016 07:53 PM
Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

This is the place to post personal observation or news about closures, Evacs, or other info that you have related to Hurricane Matthew.

For example here are the weather stations that belong to CFHC (Cocoa and Orlando):

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craigm
(Storm Tracker)
Mon Oct 03 2016 08:48 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Starting to get crazy. Filling up gas cans tonight saw 75% of the folks at the station were doing the same. GFDL showing 921 MB low just offshore of West Palm Beach on Friday doesn't help.

Bev
(Weather Guru)
Mon Oct 03 2016 08:48 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Bahamian School Closures





Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Tue Oct 04 2016 12:47 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

We keep our Live Streaming Web Cam up at all times, so you can always see what is happening on Clearwater Beach.

We don't expect Hurricane conditions right now on the West Coast of Florida, but very well could see some Tropical Storm conditions as any outer bands reach us, if they do. Either way our forecast is calling for a couple windy days and rough surf. We also get big "roller" waves in the Gulf of Mexico anytime there is a storm on the East Coast in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Matthew Conditions on Clearwater Beach, FL

A slight concern for us is the threat of winds from the North. With Hurricane Hermine the winds were from the South and East and a lot of trees and branches came down. With a North wind, it may bring down anything that was weakened by Hermine.


MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Tue Oct 04 2016 12:59 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

We have a streaming canal cam in Cocoa/Lake Poinsette, watch the canal level here:



http://www.ustream.tv/channel/flhurricane-hurricane-streams


Tazmanian93
(Weather Master)
Tue Oct 04 2016 04:13 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

North Carolina and Georgia Gov declaring S.O.E.'s also

MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Tue Oct 04 2016 04:41 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Mark Sudduth will tentatively be placing a surge camera in New Smyrna Beach with assistance from me for Matthew. (Depending on future track) also.

Mozart
(Weather Watcher)
Tue Oct 04 2016 05:03 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

South Carolina in SOE. 1.1 million people expected to be evacuated beginning at 3 PM Wednesday.

MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Tue Oct 04 2016 05:34 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Port Canaveral is closing tomorrow afternoon. https://www.portcanaveral.com/About/News-Releases/PORT-CANAVERAL-EVACUATION-ORDERED-IN-WAKE-OF-HURRI

vineyardsaker
(Weather Guru)
Tue Oct 04 2016 07:41 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Some wind and rain here in New Smyrna Beach, and that has a lot of people already scrambling for food and gas. I have not seen people so worried since Charley. I sure hope that Matthew tracks a little more east, because if it gets any closer to us people will start freaking out.

OrlandoDan
(Weather Master)
Tue Oct 04 2016 07:45 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

I am not sure you mean a little more west. That would be a bad thing.

vineyardsaker
(Weather Guru)
Tue Oct 04 2016 08:24 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

you are right.
I corrected that silly mistake.
Thanks!


Leemc
(Registered User)
Tue Oct 04 2016 08:24 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Long time lurker; first time poster. First great web page, very informative I appreciate all the Mets. I am in Delray Beach, FL

I got gas and batteries yesterday (no lines). Woman at Walgreens thought I was crazy for getting batteries and new flash lights. Drove home from work today, almost all gas stations were out of gas. My office has 5 gallon water bottles so I "Borrowed" one to supplement our supply.

Luckily my house has impact glass and I have a natural gas generator, so all we really have to do is bring outdoor items indoors or move them closer to the house so they are out of the wind. Because of all the recent rain, I will have to lower the pool tomorrow as well.

I'm one of those people who keep the house in shape year round, so when these things happen, I can be ready (I hope).

Frances 2004, Jeanne 2004, Wilma 2005


MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Tue Oct 04 2016 09:04 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Brevard County, FL

http://apps.brevardcounty.us/PublicInformationReleases/ViewRelease.aspx?ID=2943

Mandatory Evacuations/School and Government Offices to Close for Hurricane Matthew

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Mandatory evacuations will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday for Brevard County residents living on the barrier islands, including Merritt Island, low-lying flood-prone area and in mobile or manufactured homes.

Shelters will also open beginning at 4 p.m. at sites yet to be confirmed. Those locations will be announced early Wednesday.

Brevard County schools, government offices and courthouse will close Thursday and Friday.

Brevard County Emergency Management also announced Tuesday these actions are being taken in response to Hurricane Matthew:
* The Brevard County Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge will be at Level 1 Full Activation beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. That means all essential personnel and agencies involved in response to pre-storm preparations and impacts from Hurricane Matthew will be activated and on duty.

* Eastern Florida State College also announced on Tuesday that campuses are closed Thursday through the weekend.

* Cape Canaveral Hospital has begun moving patients Tuesday to Holmes Regional and Viera Hospital. Gates to Cape Canaveral Hospital will be closed at 9 a.m. Wednesday to new patients. Surgeries for later in the week will be rescheduled. Health Centers are closed Wednesday through the week. To find the location of a patient, call 321-434-7000.

* All cruise ships and tankers have found safe harbor and will not be conducting operations out of Port Canaveral. Victory Casino cruiseline will seek safe harbor elsewhere. Marinas along the port have also been closed.


B.C.Francis
(Storm Tracker)
Wed Oct 05 2016 08:10 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Well we`re closing up the Crowne Plaza here in Indiatlantic by 3pm today. All staff and guest should be else where by 4-5 PM. I`ll try and get here Friday after it calms down. I live 2 blocks off the ocean, I`m not looking forward to tomorrow night. Good luck everybody.

M.A.
(Weather Guru)
Wed Oct 05 2016 09:00 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Home depot in Vero Beach is out of plywood as of last night @6pm. Might get more today. Water is getting thin, but still can be found. I still cannot believe some people are doubting the strength of this storm. I had an person call me this morning to get on our schedule to check his irrigation on Friday! I told him we would not be open on Friday, to which his response was Ill just call another company that needs the work! I politely asked him about the storm. He said this is a joke to take our minds off the election.......... I explained to him " Sir I would highly recommend that you look at the NHC website or Flhurricane.com" to which I got a F you ***click***

Colleen A.
(Moderator)
Wed Oct 05 2016 09:23 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

People like that drive me crazy. After the storm, they're usually the ones who complain that they "were not warned properly" and blame everyone else but themselves for any damage that may occur to their homes, etc.
Polk, Highlands and Sumter Counties are now under a TS Watch.


IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Wed Oct 05 2016 09:33 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

9am weather: mostly sunny (a few low non-developed cumulus), wind NE 5 mph
Rainfall since midnight: trace
Surf conditions: breaking waves 2-3 feet and choppy with a slight southward current
Tide: incoming, high 11:28 am
Sunglow Pier Beach Cam

Volusia County Beach Safety closed vehicle access to the beach and pulled infrastructure (lifeguard towers, beach traffic signs, trash cans) off the beach and stored them on the vehicle ramp. I hope they remove this potential debris (and portable toilet on skids) from the ramp today or tomorrow because it could be blown/washed into our neighborhood by wind and storm surge Friday.

FPL contractors continue to work on securing power line equipment and other items (signs) stored along Cardinal Blvd. on the Ponce peninsula that remain from the ongoing months-long infrastructure "hardening" project.

Evacuation of coastal areas announced in the next county south of us. A few residents in my neighborhood have or are shuttering windows and securing outdoor items. There are still tourists and inquisitive inland residents driving around. Many people are still flocking to area stores to purchase hard to find last-minute items. I have not heard of gasoline shortages yet, but bottled water and batteries are becoming scarce.

Latest NHC forecast is for Matthew to pass within 50 miles of my location sometime Friday as a strong Category 3 (or possibly 4) major hurricane. I will try to post weather conditions and other observations from my location in Daytona Beach Shores (one block inland from Atlantic) every 3 hours on the hour until communications go down. I hope everyone has a hurricane plan in action. Please stay calm and safe!


mjdday
(Registered User)
Wed Oct 05 2016 11:19 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Long time reader, first post.

I am located in NE Putnam County on the St. Johns River. The river tides are elevated, estimating 18" to 2' above normal and near peak for the time I have lived here (8 years). Today has been frequent rain. As noted in the NWS local statements for our area, the St. Johns is backing up. Just what is needed before a something tropical comes by.

I do not have a weather station, so all observations will be estimates:

Rain: 1" with moderate rain (I do have a gage)
Wind at the river: ~10 MPH with higher gusts.
Waves: 1-2

I will check the channel markers at high tide to see how high we are running on the next one.

Be safe!


Leemc
(Registered User)
Wed Oct 05 2016 11:44 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Our office is in Boca Raton, which from the track keeps the core of the storm 70 miles away from us (fingers crossed). Obviously, I had to close the office Thursday & Friday because of the storm. Those who need more prep time could leave early today.

MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Wed Oct 05 2016 11:48 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

About to head out for the beach. 12z GFS shows landfall near Melbourne Friday morning, rides up just inland along the east coast.

IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Wed Oct 05 2016 12:38 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

9am weather: 87F and mostly sunny (only a few low non-developed cumulus), wind NE 5 mph
Rainfall since midnight: trace
Surf conditions: breaking waves 2-3 feet and slowly building, choppy with an increasing north to south current
Tide: outgoing, low 5:39 pm

We are now under a hurricane warning. Deceptively beautiful day in Daytona Beach Shores. Noticed rain and wind from noon media reporters in the Jacksonville area. Preparations continue. Weather Channel personnel issuing updates from Daytona Beach, local news helicopters hovering overhead at noon.


OrlandoDan
(Weather Master)
Wed Oct 05 2016 12:49 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

We are now under a Hurricane Warning in Seminole County, FL. It's like the day before Thanksgiving at my local Publix. They have pallets and pallets of water but people are taking 3-4 packs. No ice. Canned goods like Ravioli and Tuna and Fish Steaks are in short suppl;y.

Got gas and 0630 this morning and there was a short line.

I cannot imagine what this will be like tonight and tomorrow right before Matt nears.


Tazmanian93
(Weather Master)
Wed Oct 05 2016 01:26 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Polk County schools closed Thursday and Friday

Hammhound
(Registered User)
Wed Oct 05 2016 01:33 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Volusia closed schools Thursday and Friday.

Gas stations running low or out in Debary.


IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Wed Oct 05 2016 03:33 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

3pm weather: 86F and sunny (very few low non-developed cumulus), wind NE 7 mph
Rainfall since midnight: trace
Surf conditions: breaking waves 2-3 feet, slight current from north to south
Tide: outgoing, low 5:39 pm

As often is the case, weather ahead of a hurricane can be amazingly calm. Today is the driest, most sunny day we have had in a week. Many residents in my neighborhood one block from the Atlantic Ocean have or are leaving this afternoon. With a hurricane plan in place and nearing completion, my partner and I will stay. We have been helping neighbors all day prepare for 100+mph winds, 4-7" of rain and a storm surge of 3-6'. I pray that Matthew does not significantly strengthen before what I think will be landfall (based on simple projection of current track out 36 hours) just to our south near Cape Canaveral/Merritt Island.


papaswamp
(Verified CFHC User)
Wed Oct 05 2016 04:43 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Heavy rain off and on from unrelated onshore flow. SJR is running very high. Added rainfall will result in more flooding here since we are so far down ( directionally up) river.
Fruit Cove, FL


Lamar-Plant City
(Storm Tracker)
Wed Oct 05 2016 05:12 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Tropical Storm watches now out for the WEST coast of Florida From Chokoloskee (South of Marco Island...had to look it up!) to the Suwanee River....or essentially the entire west Gulf coast....waiting for schools to make decisions...like watching paint dry! Weather here in Plant City has been beautiful but hot all day. Clouded up a couple of times but no rain so far!

CoalCracker
(Weather Hobbyist)
Wed Oct 05 2016 07:17 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Lee County Schools open Thursday; Extracurricular activities cancelled. No decision as of now (7:15PM Wed) about Friday.

If the TS Watch continues and does not become a TS Warning, it's likely the schools will be open both days.


IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Wed Oct 05 2016 07:59 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Helping neighbors destroy a rickety old wooden fence until dark set in so this post is later than 6 ...
At 7pm it was 81F, partly cloudy, wind ENE 6 mph, and sun-lit cumulus low-top showers were on display over the Atlantic, approaching at a good clip from the ENE.
At 7:20 pm the shower band hit us with a brief period of wind gusting 20-25 mph, now settled down to around 15 mph from the ENE with steady moderate rain. No lightning.
Rainfall from 7:20-7:50 pm: 0.63"
Surf conditions: breaking waves 3-4 feet, moderate current from north to south
Tide: incoming, high 11:38 pm


JMII
(Weather Master)
Wed Oct 05 2016 10:56 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

I'll be reporting in from the Margate/Coral Springs area. For those not familiar this area is 9 miles due west of the Hillsboro Inlet (beach) and 5 miles south of Palm Beach County line. Got a laptop plus several battery backups that should last through whatever Matt dishes out so I'll keep checking in tomorrow.

Weather today was typical summertime stuff: hot and steamy with a brief passing shower to cool things off, only a slight breeze but some fast moving high clouds.


IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Wed Oct 05 2016 11:10 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

At 10:30 pm: 79.5F, partly cloudy, wind ENE 14 mph.
Rainfall today: 0.63"
Surf conditions: 3-5 feet and building
Tide: incoming, high at 11:38 pm

The wrack line from the high tide earlier in the day was up to the row of posts marking the conservation area (approx. 30' wide) between beach parking and the foot of the dune (or sea wall). This evening's high tide will run up past the posts probably half way to the dune given the increasing onshore flow and building surf. Luckily, the tidal phase is near minima for the month with current lunar cycle.

Beachside 7/11 out of gas, will be open until 4 pm Thursday. Mandatory evacuation beachside. Causeways across the intracoastal waterway in Volusia County will close to traffic at sunset on Thursday.


IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Thu Oct 06 2016 07:22 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

At 6:30 am: 79F, partly cloudy, wind NE 13 mph.
Rainfall since midnight: trace
Surf conditions: from the sound, it is up some overnight. will check after sunrise
Tide: incoming, high at 12:05 pm

Not knowing what to expect ahead of this fight or flight event is terrifying for many. I have a very good understanding of the destruction that will be unleashed on where I live tomorrow, yet there is still a knot in my stomach this morning looking at last day of Matthew's pulsing, fateful path toward Florida's east coast. Life's path is all about decisions. Seemingly small decisions, when intertwined with larger ones, may have monumental significance. There have been several situations in my life where decisions, mine or others above me (including God), had potentially life-saving or life-taking consequences. I believe the decision not to leave the concrete block home I live in (one block from the Atlantic) is rationale given the level of preparation made combined with having a good understanding of what is likely to happen where I live. For all who stay, calmly finish your plan ASAP, then help others as time allows.


papaswamp
(Verified CFHC User)
Thu Oct 06 2016 08:08 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Well this thing is going to come right over top of us (between Jax and Green Cove Springs on the St Johns River(SJR)).
Sit:
We have already been receiving flooding rains since yesterday.
Mandatory evacuations for coastal and low lying began yeaterday and 0600 today in earnest.
Law enforcement are only allowingv outbound traffic from barrier islands.
SJR is already running 2ft above normal due to tide and heavy rain.
Heard rumors of looting/theft of opportunity of boats at marinas in St Augustine.
So far grocery stores and gas stations, though running out of items/fuel are quickly restocked. This should lessen dramatically as people shift west away from coast.

Be safe out there!


Stork
(Verified CFHC User)
Thu Oct 06 2016 11:04 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Just now seeing our first squally band here in Palm City. The beginning of the concentrated rain looks to be just offshore. Need to add, to everyone who contributes to this site so much more than I ever will, my deepest appreciation. Please stay safe and good luck!

Tazmanian93
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 11:15 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Hernando County schools will be closed Friday.
Pasco County schools will be closed Friday.


JMII
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 11:20 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Still haven't gotten any rain bands here in Broward yet. Its breezy and cloudy. The only tiny problem I have is ONE branch from the neighbors tree keeps slapping one of my panels upstairs in the office. Even in this light 10 mph breeze its annoying, by tonight its going to drive me nuts. Think I'll cut it down now before it does any damage.

Tazmanian93
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 12:53 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Pinellas County Schools just announced closures for tomorrow

Tazmanian93
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 01:13 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Hillsborough County Schools are also now closed tomorrow

Lamar-Plant City
(Storm Tracker)
Thu Oct 06 2016 01:15 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Quote:

Hillsborough County Schools are also now closed tomorrow



FINALLY...my district seems to always want to be the LAST one to figure things out...I have taught in it for 20 years, so this comes as no surprise to me. I think they believe it makes them look smart and careful....but not so much.


Tazmanian93
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 01:22 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

I knew it was coming once Pinellas called it

Colleen A.
(Moderator)
Thu Oct 06 2016 01:28 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

This may seem like a stupid comment but it was one I was thinking about as I was thinking what I need to bring inside and realized tomorrow is trash pick-up/recycling for my area of Polk County. As we are expecting 40-60mph sustained winds here starting tonight and lasting through tomorrow so I called. They pushed back our pick-up until Saturday - weather permitting because they are worried about not only the safety of their workers but also because those types of winds could and I quote "flying projectiles of garbage all over the streets". If you have trash pick up tomorrow, you may want to check before putting out garbage cans/recycling bins tonight. As far as the weather here - it is very overcast & humid with a little wind/rain but not much more at this time.

DJINFLA
(Weather Watcher)
Thu Oct 06 2016 01:33 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Not bad yet. A little windy and some sunshine earlier. Expecting the worst, but pray that the darned thing does not ramp up to a Cat 5. Live in Vero Lake Estates and it seems most have shuttered up and are going to hunker down. Have to admit, this one is making my stomach churn.

JMII
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 02:19 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Finally getting some feeder band style rain here in N Broward. Pressure has really dipped in the last 2 hours. Matt is a bit east of his projected spot, maybe off by only 20 miles or so. Radar shows an improving core with a secondary outer ring forming.

Lamar-Plant City
(Storm Tracker)
Thu Oct 06 2016 02:21 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Heavy line of rain developing down the middle of the state. Hoping it doesn't arrive when we are dismissing school, but lately it seem to wait for that. This seems to be energy from the outer bands of Matthew. Lots of heating ahead of it, so we could see something severe out of one of these....other than that, it is a bit blustery but warm and humid and the sun is peeking in and out regularly.

Colleen A.
(Moderator)
Thu Oct 06 2016 02:52 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

We got our first feeder band about 15-20 minutes ago; not too bad but now we are also getting thunder & lightning.

IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Thu Oct 06 2016 02:52 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

2pm weather: 84F and partly sunny (scattered showers in bands to the SE), wind ENE 17 mph
Rainfall (sunrise to 2 pm): 0.08"
Surf conditions: breaking waves 4-6 feet and building, very choppy with a strong north to south current
Tide: outgoing, low 6:23 pm

Surprisingly we continue to be mostly clear-slotted by most of the fringe harbinger brands wrapping into Florida's east coast off the Atlantic Ocean with more sun than clouds so far today.
Other than a brief rain squall this morning, the weather continues to be deceptively pleasant ahead of approaching strong Category 4 Matthew, allowing neighborhood residents to finish up last day preparation for the destruction that with more certainty will come tomorrow.

The last high tide didn't run up to the foot of the dune in Daytona Beach Shores at the Demotte ramp. The lunar phase is working in our favor on tide height, but Matthew's eye will pass around the time of the mid-day high tide tomorrow and counter this some. Very glad to see that VCBS yesterday removed all of the items they had taken off the beach and stockpiled on the ramp.

One of my life ambitions as a young man living on a sailboat near Sebastian Inlet in the 80's was to experience a Category 4 or 5 hurricane safely moored in a honey hole. I experienced the eye of Hurricane David, the fringes of a half dozen or so Cat 1-3 hurricanes, and the center of circulation of numerous tropical storms (one at sea). Now land-based, I'm squarely in the path of a healthy example of the greatest storm on Earth. I accept this fateful placement, hoping that all who do the same have made every prudent preparation possible to be safe.


vineyardsaker
(Weather Guru)
Thu Oct 06 2016 03:09 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

I wonder what kind of damage Volusia county will experience. Will all of the Edgeater-Holly Hill area look like Punta Gorda come Saturday or can we hope that at least most of our homes will survive?
Does anybody have an opinions about this?

We evacuated from New Smyrna Beach to Port Orange and are now staying in a sturdy hotel. So far the weather here is deceptively calm.


kespo
(Registered User)
Thu Oct 06 2016 03:17 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Outer rainbands reaching cape Coral.

DeLandT
(Verified CFHC User)
Thu Oct 06 2016 03:18 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Manatee County Schools are closed tomorrow.

Owlguin
(Weather Hobbyist)
Thu Oct 06 2016 03:24 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Boca Raton 3:20PM, occasional gusts, squalls and rain bands. Really not bad at all so far. Matthew is tracking probably 20-30 miles east of where they thought it might be 12 hours ago, and that makes a big difference for us.

JMII
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 04:11 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Quote:

Boca Raton 3:20PM, occasional gusts, squalls and rain bands. Really not bad at all so far. Matthew is tracking probably 20-30 miles east of where they thought it might be 12 hours ago, and that makes a big difference for us.




For sure, plus he has gotten weaker on the western side. Seems to be encountering shear to the N as well. Satellite presentation isn't nearly as good as before, but radar shows an eyewall that appears to be building.


MikeCAdministrator
(Admin)
Thu Oct 06 2016 05:31 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

My place in Orlando, band came through with a 30mph gust.

Myles
(Weather Hobbyist)
Thu Oct 06 2016 06:24 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Also went through an outer band here in Sarasota. Surprisingly, the power went out for around an hour but I doubt it was related.

IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Thu Oct 06 2016 06:40 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

6:30 pm weather: 80F and cloudy (multiple layer deck of cumulus, stratus and cirrostratus) with light showers in the vicinity, wind ENE 18 mph, gusting to 25 mph
Rainfall (noon to 6 pm): 0.02"
Surf conditions: breaking waves 5-8 feet, very choppy with a strong north to south current
Tide: dead low, next high tide 12:20 am Friday

After a fairly sunny and humid afternoon with moderate winds off the Atlantic, a band of showers just to the south produced wind gusts approaching 30-35 mph along with a peppering of rain with only 0.02" accumulation. Surf is now breaking well past the end of the pier as it continues to build. If wave heights reach the forecast of 10-15' on top of a hurricane surge forecast of 7'+ around the time of high tide early Friday afternoon, the Sunglow Pier and possibly the Main Street pier in Daytona may not survive.

Expecting conditions to go rapidly down hill starting around sunrise, with wind maxing out mid-day, continuing until Matthew pulls away to the north later in the afternoon. From the local weather station's hi-res future radar loops (which I find are very good at illustrating local weather out 24 hours), it appears that my location will either be hit dead-on by the eye or be in the west eye wall as the center achieves 29N latitude. Hoping for the later as it will spare us the 180 100+ mph wind-shift and freaky calm inside the eye.


JArsenal
(Registered User)
Thu Oct 06 2016 07:45 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

I'm in Greenacres, FL about 10 miles south of West Palm Beach and 6.6 Miles from the coast. Right now we're getting rain and gusts of wind, Seems to have picked up a lot in the last 30 minutes. It got really dark out in the last 30 minutes, we can't even see the trees it got so dark.

JMII
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 07:59 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Finally getting "tropical" here in NW Broward too. Winds are pushing 30 mph while rain fall is heavy and steady. Pressure still falling so I expect conditions to continue downward. By midnight the worst should be over? Hard to tell as Matt has slowed down (at least on radar) and is moving away to the NW. However this motion will drag more of the overall system on top of us. Wind is still NE so the circulation isn't moving off just yet.

Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Thu Oct 06 2016 08:12 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Here in Gulfport (Pinellas County - Tampa Bay area) we've had a 26 mph gust at Clam Bayou, and we are a very long ways from the center of the storm and many hours from when we are supposed to really feel it. On the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier a gust of 38 mph was recorded a little while ago. Tomorrow will be interesting.

Here on the West Coast of Florida, we are fortunate to not be so close to Matthew as everybody on the East Coast, but I think we all will share memories of this storm for quite some time to come.

Hurricane Matthew will be historic, so be safe, and hold on tight!


OrlandoDan
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 08:13 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

In southwest Seminole county. Getting a big band. Heavy, heavy rain.

FullerFinds
(Registered User)
Thu Oct 06 2016 08:20 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

In Longwood, lots of rain currently. Staring at the pool outside and it was a little low earlier. Now it is closer to the top of the edge.
A little thunder, lightning and winds picking up a little.


Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Thu Oct 06 2016 09:06 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

9:04 pm - October 6, 2016

Strongest gust I've seen on SailFlow so far is 66 mph on Juno Beach Pier at 7:05 pm. Just the beginning though.

Edit: The strongest gust in Florida I mean (above comment).

The SailFlow station on Berry Islands had a 101 mph gust at 3:48 pm today.


IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Thu Oct 06 2016 09:42 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

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.


MichaelA
(Weather Analyst)
Thu Oct 06 2016 09:43 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Relatively calm here in mid-Pinellas County. The NWS station at St. Pete/Clearwater airport reported 14 mph sustained and a 21 mph gust at the 8:53 PM observation. My two bit home anemometer only logs 1 minute averages, not gusts. It had a max of 17.5 mph at 7:50 PM. There have only been some light rain showers so far this evening. I'm expecting only some bumpy squalls throughout the day tomorrow.

madmumbler
(Storm Tracker)
Thu Oct 06 2016 09:48 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

NW Hillsborough County (Westchase/Citrus Park), Thursday, 9:46pm

Breezy and gusty, intermittent rain, not too bad. Had to drive over the Skyway twice today and THAT was rough. Wouldn't be shocked if they close it for a while later tonight or tomorrow. Saw DOT flashing highway status signs on I-75 for a shelter at Braden HS in Manatee county, I'm guessing for people coming up I-75 from the Alley.


JMII
(Weather Master)
Thu Oct 06 2016 10:04 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Last update for the night from me unless something major happens here in Coral Springs. Pressure has finally stopped falling thus its clear the center of Matt is pulling away from SFL. Wind is coming more from the N now. We have gotten about 0.4" of rain but it appears more is on the way. Average wind speed is up, but gust have stabilized, however any strong band could quickly change that. Watching the radar loop the worst bands are still to come, but Matt is pulling away thus they may never reach this far south. For those to north... stay safe its going to be a rough night.

Lots Of Canes
(Registered User)
Thu Oct 06 2016 10:04 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

I'm about 3 miles in from Flagler Beach. Little gusty already. Not much rain yet though.

Colleen A.
(Moderator)
Thu Oct 06 2016 10:11 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

We are getting rain and some gusty winds..but nothing major yet. I can't tell you what the winds are but I would guess 10-15 gusts. Starting to rain harder here now.

DJINFLA
(Weather Watcher)
Thu Oct 06 2016 10:36 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Getting pretty windy outside and Matthew's not even here yet. A squall coming through it sounds like. Can't see because we're shuttered in and don't want to open the East-facing door. Quite surprised to still have power. I here that the river front in Sebastian and Vero has been getting very choppy and rising. The Indian River County Sheriff's department has been posting pictures. We're watching football just to try to keep mind off of what is coming. It's gonna suck in a couple of hours or so. I just wish this would get over, and really, really hope that Matthew calms down/heads east (great band by the way.) Not sure what impact Nicole will have on it, but will find out next week, I'm sure.

gailwarning
(Weather Watcher)
Thu Oct 06 2016 11:44 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Located in Viera, near the Melbourne line and about a mile east of I95. There's pretty consistent wind, which seems to be coming from the south. Moderate to heavy rain. The gusts are now strong enough to rattle the accordian shutters around the lanai.

Bev
(Weather Guru)
Fri Oct 07 2016 02:13 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area



jmontalb
(Registered User)
Fri Oct 07 2016 02:14 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

In Sebastian, 40 - 50 sustained, gusting to 70+ with heavy rain. Shutters taking a beating with flying debris. Still have power though! Yay FPL!

IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Fri Oct 07 2016 03:48 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

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.


Bev
(Weather Guru)
Fri Oct 07 2016 04:48 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Wave heights of 30 feet from buoy just off Cape Canaveral
[image]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CuJwnUJUEAEy0KB.jpg:large[/image]


NewWatcher
(Storm Tracker)
Fri Oct 07 2016 06:02 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Winds are starting to pick up quite a bit here in Daytona Beach area. Happy to see Matthew is to stay off shore with the center. Still have power, which is nice.

OrlandoDan
(Weather Master)
Fri Oct 07 2016 07:27 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Wonder if Seminole county will lift the curfew before the stated time of Saturday at 0700.

Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Fri Oct 07 2016 07:36 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Winds are picking up here in Gulfport this morning with a 38 mph gust at Clam Bayou. Egmont Channel recorded a 43 mph gust at 7:11 am for the first Tropical Storm force gust I've seen in the Tampa Bay area. The storm is moving away, but we may still have some increase in winds. Looks like a few hundred Duke Energy customers are without power due to trees down.

Winds on the Skyway Bridge are maintaining a good 25 to 35 mph, but is still open right now.


B.C.Francis
(Storm Tracker)
Fri Oct 07 2016 08:03 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Winds still cranking here on the coast in Indiatlantic. Now that its light outside I can see that there is going to be a massive clean up the next few days. I can see some trees half blown down and a lot of stockade fences gone or in pieces. Big time tree debris all over. Rain has tapered off some what but winds are blowing very hard out of the WSW. I wonder what the beach looks like? I don`t see any roof damage as of yet, until I do a recon when things calm down to something a little more comfortable to go outside. I still have power, knock on wood.

Prospero
(Storm Tracker)
Fri Oct 07 2016 08:16 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

44 mph gust at Clearwater Beach Pier this morning with sustained winds between 30 and 40 mph.

Live Streaming Clearwater Beach Cam


IMTechspec
(Verified CFHC User)
Fri Oct 07 2016 08:36 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

My weather station on the East side of Orlando is showing sustained winds in the 15 MPH range. Max gust was 40 at 06:35 EDT,
as the eye is moving just North of due East, and thankfully staying just off shore.
Pressure is hanging around 988mb and that is the low for today here.

2 inches of rain yesterday. 1.2 inches so far today.
There is another band moving this way, so the totals will move up a bit.

We still have power. Hopefully it stays that way.


B.C.Francis
(Storm Tracker)
Fri Oct 07 2016 09:18 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Starting to get a wee bit better here. I`m going to suit up and take a recon around the hood to see what kind of damage happened. I really want to know how the Crowne Plaza where I work fared the storm. I`ll try and get up there after I see how my neighbors are doing. I`m going to walk up to A1A to see its drivable, I`ll probably have to walk to the hotel. Still have power , no water pressure.

Tazmanian93
(Weather Master)
Fri Oct 07 2016 11:13 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

St Augustine Pier

[image]http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/st-augustine-pier-florida_90680/[/image]


Wingwiper
(Verified CFHC User)
Fri Oct 07 2016 12:26 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

A non-event here on the West coast. Light wind - gusts to 30 mph. Pumped the pool down two inches last night - have to put an inch and a half back in today. Power on all night, with a flicker at 11AM today... but it stayed on.

IMTechspec
(Verified CFHC User)
Fri Oct 07 2016 01:11 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

Power went out East of Orlando shortly after I posted the last report.
Pressure is up to 992, but winds have been sustained around 20 MPH, gusting mid 30's to mid 40's MPH. We saw a couple of 48 MPH gusts. I will have weather data as long as the battery backup lasts.


BayCoGator
(Weather Watcher)
Fri Oct 07 2016 04:20 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

There are some powerful pictures emerging from ongoing storm surge flooding in St. A. I also saw a couple pics of surge breaching dunes in Jax beach area with water pouring into the residential areas, and there looked to be quite a bit of water in there already.

Lamar-Plant City
(Storm Tracker)
Fri Oct 07 2016 11:08 PM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

A good friend of mine is southeast of downtown St Augustine....almost to I-95. His neighbors porch flew past his house to the other neighbor's yard....his power is out and he says the downtown area is in bad shape...but he and his family are safe and unharmed...waiting to hear more.

IsoFlame
(Weather Guru)
Wed Oct 12 2016 09:13 AM
Re: Matthew - Conditions in Your Area

3-day rain total surrounding Matthew's passage: 6.28" of which 5.25" measured on Friday 10/7
Highest winds (estimates) Sustained: 78 mph Gust: 87 mph Friday morning.
The areas beachside and mainland (east of US 1) homes and businesses are still clearing debris, securing property and filing insurance claims. Portions of SR A1A to the north of my location in Flagler County fell into the ocean. I had significant water intrusion from wind driven rain in the second floor of my house, but the structure is otherwise fine. The yard was ravaged with numerous trees and a 25' palm snapped in half. Power was restored 11 pm Sunday evening on 10/9. There are still some beachside homes without power just to the south. Bike week has started in Volusia County, I and others believe it should've been rescheduled at a later date to provide area residents and businesses more time to recover before the influx of thousands of motorcyclists.



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