Hurricane Matthew nears the Lowcountry

(WCBD) – HURRICANE WARNING ISSUED FOR THE ENTIRE SOUTH CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR COLLETON, DORCHESTER, BERKELEY, CHARLESTON, WILLIAMSBURG AND GEORGETOWN COUNTIES

Matthew will continue moving north along the Florida coast today.

A gradual turn to the northeast is expected tonight or tomorrow which would bring Matthew’s center offshore of the Georgia and South Carolina coasts by Saturday morning.

On this track, widespread rain, strong wind, and coastal flooding are all likely.

Tropical storm force winds are expected for a prolonged period of time Friday night through early Sunday morning east of I-95.

Closer to the coast, there is the potential for hurricane-force winds. Rainfall totals are expected to be in the 8″-14″ range which could cause significant flooding.

Inundation from storm surge in flood-prone areas along the coast could reach the 4′-8′ range. That range is for water above ground, not above sea level.

There is now an elevated risk for tornadoes along the coastline or even a waterspout that could come on shore.

Forecast

Friday:  Rain develops, very heavy at times. NE winds 10-20 this morning, increasing to 20-30 this afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s.

Friday night and Saturday: Rain, very heavy at times. Flooding likely. Windy with tropical storm conditions likely, hurricane conditions possible. NE winds 35-55 mph, gusts 50-75 mph. Lows in the low 70s, highs in the mid to upper 70s.

Sunday: Clearing.  Highs in the mid to upper 70s.

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