Matthew, currently a Category 5 (major) hurricane in the Caribbean, will take a northward turn this weekend, which will bring the storm along the Atlantic coast of the United States next week. While there will be some impact from the storm on the U.S., how significant impacts are along the Atlantic Seaboard will depend on Matthew’s strength and proximity to the coast.
At this time, possible tracks range from an initial landfall along the southern Atlantic coast to a storm remaining a few hundred miles offshore.
From late this weekend into next week, the forward speed of Matthew will likely be a determining factor on impact on the U.S.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno cited some similarities of the weather pattern to that of Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
“If Matthew moves swiftly, it has a greater chance of causing significant impact from rain, wind and flooding along along much of the Atlantic coast,” Rayno said.
Should Matthew remain offshore of the East Coast, impacts would be minimal. However, there will still be a period of rough surf, strong rip currents, beach erosion and dangerous seas that shifts northward.
People along the southern Atlantic coast of the U.S. may want to consider securing their small craft and preparing to protect property against stormy conditions, should Matthew turn toward land.
Coastal, shipping and cruise interests from Miami, Florida, to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, should closely monitor the progress of Matthew.
Beyond the U.S., people living in or venturing to Bermuda and the Maritime Provinces of Canada should also monitor Matthew.