Hurricane Matthew Turns Towards Florida

NBC News reports:

While its potential impact on the U.S. remained unclear, NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins suggested that that Hurricane Matthew’s path could be reminiscent of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 — which required the evacuation of 2.6 million people across five states. As of Tuesday morning, Karins expected the storm could be a “major hurricane” from Florida all the way to North Carolina, though he noted the projected impact might fluctuate.

Both Florida Gov. Rick Scott and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory activated states of emergency on Monday, covering 66 counties in North Carolina and all counties in Florida. “Right now, the projected path is a little off the coast, but it can change at a moment’s notice,” Scott said at a news conference Monday. “When that happens, we’re not going to have a lot of time to get ready.”

Karins warned that Tuesday was a “very important preparation day for all of the southeast coast” of the U.S. He added: “The possibility exists for mandatory evacuations starting as early as late this evening in South Florida and definitely Wednesday for southern half of Florida on the east coast. With an expected path right along the Florida’s east coast Matthew could be the biggest mass evacuation of coastal Florida since Floyd in 1999. And just like Floyd, it is not guaranteed that Matthew’s eye will make landfall in Florida but it will be a close call.”

Karins predicted that Matthew would remain a Category 3 or 4 hurricane by the time it neared Florida on Thursday and likely would be a Category 2 or 3 when it reaches Georgia and North Carolina on Friday. When hurricanes are particularly deadly or destructive, the names are retired. Meteorologists expect this to be the last hurricane named Matthew. “Certainly, the way this one is going, even if it doesn’t hit the U.S. directly. I would say this is the last Matthew,” Roth said.

  • Oikos

    I care about my friends in Florida otherwise I would send thoughts and prayers.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Whatever happens in the US will be nothing compared to parts of the Caribbean, including Haiti, where they are now bracing for 145 mph winds and the potential for up to THREE FEET of rain in some areas.

    • Oikos

      Haiti’s extreme deforestation makes it far worse.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I’ve never seen anything like Haiti. And we were there before shit hit the fan.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Time to reforest the forest, there and everywhere.

    • Sam_Handwich
      • Oh’behr

        I’m getting video could not be played. I fear for Haiti where the death toll could be quite high.

        • JCF

          That’s what I always get w/ Twitter videos. I resent that these are being posted more and more, in place of You Tube vids (as God and Steve Jobs intended).

    • Jmdintpa

      YES this could cause massive loss of life in Haiti. Its hitting there full force this morning.

      • William

        Pat Robertson started off his show this morning with the hurricane hitting Haiti, and the possibility of a massive cholera outbreak caused by the UN. His Operation Blessing is mixing vats of anti-cholera liquid (???).
        I had to change the channel.

        • Pat

          I salute you for watching even a minute without a sick bag. He looks like he’s been dipped in his anti cholera liquid one time too many.

    • MB
      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        No way that is him. He has never ever had an innocent look in his life!

        • MB

          Raggy, you corrupted our innocent little kitty, and then he ran away the first time you left the door open.

          OH NOOOOeeeees……………..

        • TrollopeReader

          oh, it’s him alright …

      • David

        Looks like my Jacob.
        Thank you for uploading. I needed the laugh.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      AND, thousands of people are STILL living in makeshift shelters after the earthquake a few years back.

      • Nychta

        There was a segment about Haiti and the hurricane on last night’s news. On some made-from-scrap homes roofing material is held in place by cinder blocks. Wouldn’t take much for structures like that to blow over, and I hate to think of those cinder blocks coming down.

  • Rex

    Is this considered an “act of God” ?
    Asking for Pat McCrory.

    • Oikos

      Only if “Matthew” uses the wrong bathroom.

      • Gustav2

        I don’t think St Matthew cared, it has always been a St Paul problem.

      • Rex

        Mark, Luke and John have are using the men’s room.
        They’ve been in there an awfully long time.

    • Rambie

      The Mormon’s are asking if Hurricanes are gay,

      • Rex

        Gender non-conforming.
        Since Matthew should be a Himmicane.

        • Gustav2

          It depends on if the hurricanes rotates clockwise or counter clockwise.

        • Rambie

          That explains why they have female names one year and male names the next. 😉

    • bambinoitaliano

      Only if it aims at specific individuals like Tony Perkin, Brian Brown and their ilks.

    • RobynWatts

      Have McCrory steal money from the North Carolina Natural Disaster fund in order to pay lawyers to defend HB-2 taxpayers and you will have your answer, too.

      Hope Roy Cooper mentions that very important detail.

      • TrollopeReader

        i remember reading a few years ago that the NC legislature wouldn’t allow coastal communities to make zoning changes due to potential sea-level rise … we’ll see how that worked out ….

    • Dramphooey

      God stayed up until 5:00 am and was so angry he was trolled by Lickyweaks he conjured up a hurricane!

  • kareemachan

    Okay, folks, please place your bets on whose fault this hurricane is. Is it Obummer? Is it teh gayz? Is it those evil wanna-pee-wherever-they-want trannies? Killary? Dan Savage? The Texas Clock School Boy, even tho he’s out of the country?

    Personally, I think it’s Yertle the McConnelloid’s fault for saying that Obama should have TOLD THEM how bad the law was that he helped get passed – not even a hurricane can put up with that level of stupidity. But that will never fly….

    • Ernest Endevor

      It’s always the gays.

  • Jmdintpa

    The thoughts and prayers app is working overtime. I live here and the track is moving to where it will probably be going enough offshore it really will not affect Florida to much. Haiti is where there will reports of massive deaths. Hopefully for us it will just be a swipe and nothing major. Hopefully after it goes north and out to sea nicer , somewhat cooler air is supposed to come in.

  • Right now, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting 6 inches of rain through Friday and up to tropical force winds (75 mph) for the West Palm Beach – Fort Pierce area with higher gusts. It is not forecasting Hurricane Force sustained winds anywhere in Florida, and not forecasting a direct hit until the storm weakens to a category 1 or 2 and hits the Carolina coast later this weekend. Although this is bad it is not catastrophic for Florida or the Eastern Seaboard. The worst of the storm is to its east, and hopefully, we will pull through this one. I need to stock up on drinking water and supplies here in the Palm Beach area.

    • Todd20036

      It’s worse. That area is known to get power outages. That can kill.

      Many older have various medical devices that don’t run on batteries that won’t work in a black out.

      My mother uses a breathing machine at night.

      • We can usually handle tropical storms here or category 1 Hurricanes. .Major hurricanes are another matter. I am hoping that this does not turn into anything but what the National Hurricane Center is projected, and right now, it is a tropical storm. We get winds like this from tropical storms every three or four years or so in South Florida with no outages.

        • JW Swift

          Yet, at the time, Wilma was considered to be only a Cat 1 storm. It still managed to do a fair amount of damage, and did cause widespread power outages that lasted for days, for most folks. I would expect nothing less from this storm, even if it remains offshore.

      • Traxley Launderette

        Can she evacuate inland?

        • Todd20036

          She may need to. She is mobile and can drive, but the roads will be seriously backed up

          • Traxley Launderette

            I wish you the best. I sincerely hope she’ll be okay.

          • As of today the roads are not backed up — they are not calling evacuations yet. The stores are selling lots of water and batteries but that is about it. I am about 20 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale. People are not that anxious here about the storm.

      • Depending on which county she is in there are resources for you. Here is one article. On the east coast of Florida, usually evacuation s are for people on the east side of A1A– and up to Route1 for larger storms. http://www.agingwisely.com/assessing-options-in-disaster-planning-for-seniors/

      • Duh-David

        Elon Musk needs to send some Powerwalls there before the next storm.

      • Elagabalus

        Perhaps it would behoove her to invest in a power generator which you can buy at Lowes. (Home Depot too, but we hate them.)

    • SpiderPIG

      I live in Miami Beach, my apartment is in the corner of the building.
      Lots of old windows and no hurricane shutters (my landlord says he can’t afford it).
      I don’t think it will be able to handle it…
      Stay safe, Eddi.

      • The National Hurricane Center forecasts a 13% chance for Hurricane Force Winds in the Miami area as of this morning. You will probably get 50 mile per hour winds and can survive that, unless the storm moves West. I am hoping that it stays out to sea. Here are the prediction tables they are updating every few hours. . I think the news media is exaggerating a bit on this one. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIAPWSAT4+shtml/040850.shtml

      • William

        Buy some heavy duty trash bags to cover electronics. If the roof is damaged, you don’t want your things getting getting wet.

    • Craig Howell

      W.C. Fields once said that the worst time of his life was when he was forced to live for three days on nothing but food and water.

      • Or Corn Flakes, processed cheese slices, and warm beer like I did after Hurricane Wilma. Life was hard.

        • BobSF_94117

          See earlier comments about evacuation and being backed up.

      • Raybob

        It’s also alleged he said that he never drank water, because “fish f*ck in that.”

    • GayOldLady

      Stay safe, Eddi.

    • Hank

      It is sunny and warm, right now.This afternoon, I will be taking my furniture off my balconies, here in FTL, as I live @ 1 mile from the ocean. This will be my first Hurricane, since I relocated here 5 years ago. Thanks for the info, Eddi. I have been told what to do… water, fill the tub, etc. If I lose electricity, then I have 11 flights to negotiate! ;( Just hoping it will stay off shore and the winds will be tolerable. Also hope, my “hurricane resistant” windows and doors do their job!!! Good Luck to you Eddi!!!

    • David

      Much of Coastal Georgia/South Carolina (The Low Country) is either at or below sea level. A Cat 3 or 4 storm will bring about a 20 foot (or more) storm surge.
      THAT will be devastating.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Let’s make shit up, throw up our hands, and run about the room screaming. Oh wait, we’re not talking about Hillary?

  • Dan M

    I’ll wait to see if Hurricane Matthew is worse than Asshole Donald.

    • bambinoitaliano

      If only the two will have a show down.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I don’t recall a hurricane path changing so drastically overnight. That’s quite a left turn they have it making now.

  • Traxley Launderette

    The Big Gay Weather Machine strikes again!

    • William

      Would you please try to aim better this time? Pat Robertson is in Virginia Beach.

      • Traxley Launderette

        The track is still on course for Virginia. Don’t worry.

        • William

          Take his station out!

  • Gustav2

    Something we Haoles rarely say in Florida:

    Surf’s up!

  • Marides48

    I’d suggest “head for the hills” but I don’t think there are many hills in Florida. Here in Earthquake prone California, we just ride it out.

  • TexasBoy

    I’m surprised NC is preparing…won’t their deity protect them in exchange for HB2?

  • Treant

    Even up here in PA, I stocked up on stuff to drink. It’s nothing I won’t use if it passes us by, which it probably will.

  • Reality.Bites

    OT Onion-slicing ninja alert.

    https://www.thestar.com/life/2016/10/04/israeli-same-sex-couple-in-toronto-asks-bunz-for-wedding-help-overwhelmed-by-support.html

    Two hours before the wedding, plans hit a snag.

    Einav Morgenstern and Tamar Yahel were set to tie the knot, legally, at city hall when they found out the two friends who were supposed to serve as witnesses were unexpectedly tied up.

    No witnesses, no wedding.

    The two brides had already had a 300-person ceremony in Israel — where they lived before moving to Toronto last year for Morgenstern’s graduate studies — but the state doesn’t recognize same-sex unions.

    With the clock ticking, Morgenstern turned to a group of strangers.

    “If you happen to be around and free for 10-20 minutes we would be forever thankful if you come be our witness,” she wrote at 9:18 a.m. that Tuesday on the Bunz Trading Zone Facebook page, where people post items for trade, such as furniture, toys and stereos. “In return we’ll give you our blessing for love.”

    More at link

  • OdieDenCO

    mccrory is prepping for evacuation? why doesn’t he just pray the storm away?

    • Reality.Bites

      He has to evacuate in November anyway, so why not get ahead of things.

  • stuckinthewoods

    I’m not sure why they compare this to Floyd in particular. So far Matthew’s path is different. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8587282d10157d59ad756cd4cfee6fc21ea3c4be7e9927211e6043816ad91b29.jpg

  • Reality.Bites

    Thanks, Obama.

  • Grimes

    Aren’t there people that can pray it away? Why aren’t they doing that now?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Too busy grifting.

  • Phil

    Rode out three hurricanes in eight weeks back in 2004: Charley, Frances, and Jeanne (eye passed directly over us).

  • With heart-felt apologies to Haiti, you’ll notice those are all predominantly Red States… my aim is improving.

    • Silver Badger

      You sure about Haiti? If memory serves, they have quite a few issues of their own.

  • JDS

    I want to mention also that the hubs and I lived through Frances, Jean and Wilma with Wilma being the worst.

    As a someone who lives on the SE coast of FL the hubby and I have been watching this hurricane. Thankfully we got all our windows and doors upgraded to the current hurricane impact standards.
    Now for the rational part and not the frenzy that the newscasters are doing down here. Will Matthew directly hit FL, that is an unknown at this point. Will we get tropical force winds and rain? Yes. There are still some variables that may or may not steer it away or closer to FL at this point.

    • I moved to Florida from London three weeks before Wilma. I was in the eye of Wilma in Palm Beach County — wow. That was frightening. The howling was like an animal. But our house was not damaged at all. We drove to Orlando though and rented a timeshare for two weeks because we did not have power for 12 days here. https://youtu.be/siHQgN6iFRk

  • JellyDonut

    it will bounce out and slam the Carolinas.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Yesterday I saw that McCrory diverted $500,000.00 from disaster relief to pay for defending his hate and bigotry bill HB2. That should work out really well for him this week.

    https://twitter.com/BikerBecca/status/783046668144873472

    • Rex

      It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.

  • Corsair Tact

    I’m noticing a lot of FB friends in Orlando are freaking out. Meanwhile, at my usual breakfast spot on US 1 here in Daytona, the consensus was that everyone was excited for a good storm. Of course very few places here would be affected by a storm surge like can happen down in South Florida.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Dream on.

      • Corsair Tact

        ???

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Don’t get a false sense of security. I know there is high ground there, but Storm surges can be catastrophic. You are right that Daytona is better situated than Miami or Fort Lauderdale, but please be careful! We value your comments too much! 🙂

          • Corsair Tact

            Awww!! So sweet!!

            I’ve been through my share of hurricanes and, unless this one turns left and makes landfall above us, everyone (except for those on the intercoastal — same problem as folks in MIA and FLL) should be fine. I did however go get a big wad of cash out of the ATM (lesson learned from Hurr. Bob!) and stocked up on water and other essentials. I’m going out later to Target for some candles. Then I’ll be set. My place has been standing since the 40s and we’re about half a mile inland at 30 ft above high tide. If we get flooded, the whole state will be underwater.

            But, most importantly, I’m looking forward to some surfer watching. I may need to finally go buy a camera with a telephoto lens!

  • HandyAndy

    Looks like Key West is most likely out of the warning cone on this one. Our only problem here is that all of the electricity here is supplied by one 120 mile long string of wires that comes from the mainland, so if the lines go down in Homestead, everyone downstream in the Keys are screwed.

  • bkmn

    I’ve never seen Cousin Matthew this mad.

    • Silver Badger

      Are you sure he’s not just excited? It looks like he gets to blow America’s wang!

      • Silver Badger

        Yes, I’m a dirty old man. It took years of study, but it was worth it.

    • William

      Don’t let him drive the evacuation bus.

  • Dot Beech

    I hope Matthew blows Little Marco far, far out to sea. Far. Really far.

    • djcoastermark

      Or he could just give a speech facing east and all that hot air would push the storm farther out to sea.

  • David

    I live in Savannah, Georgia. My family and I are evacuating tomorrow (Wednesday).

    If you live along the Southeast US coast….
    LEAVE!
    EVACUATE!
    DON’T BE A TARD. LEAVE!!!!!!!

    • Michael White

      Good luck to you and your family. Be safe

      • David

        Thank you. The panic is starting to set in.

  • Michael White

    My prayers and thoughts are with all of the “good” christians of Florida. As my husband always says: god is putting the effin rethugs on spin rinse

    • David

      There are a lot of gay liberals down this neck of the woods also….

  • Jmdintpa
    • David

      As of now, the entire eastern US is at risk.

    • Treant

      I hope not. That bright, super gay pink just touches me in Pennsylvania–and the storm is heading northish in that image, so I’ll probably get swiped by the edge of the blue.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Get to high ground and hang on tight!

        • Treant

          Fortunately, this is high ground. 🙂 Our city center is 300 feet above sea level, and I’m almost a hundred feet higher than that. I live pretty close to the top of a two mile long hill.

          Flooding, we’re cool. Winds…altitude has its disadvantages.

    • clay

      “Valid Sun 10/09/2016 06:00 UTC”

      Philly’s Sunday Out might be a bit different this year. BTW, where’s the Sunday night debate being held? St. Louis?

    • Beagle

      We’re leaving for our vacation on Thursday. I’m not sure whether to be glad that we’ll be out of the way, or worried whether the cat-sitters will prepare properly.

      • TrollopeReader

        Beagle’s have cats? That’s cute !!

    • It is still too early to tell what its going to do — the published odds for New York are only 15% (JFK airport) that they will see 40 mph winds. You can check the odds for the Northeast out here by the National Hurricane Center — they are updated all the time — by city. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIAPWSAT4+shtml/041500.shtml?

  • mikeinrkfd

    Wow this is my first category 3 storm. I am a little nervous here in the Wilton Manors area, most people aren’t too worried that I have talked to. Got a lot supplies including vodka!

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Never listen to the “old timers” who brag about never evacuating.

  • Pat

    Just stay safe everybody. I can’t even imagine what Haiti is going to experience when it hits.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    That sucker’s coming down our throats!

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    When I was growing up in Florida in the 1950s and 1960s my grandparents had a great old house right on the golf of Mexico at Indian rocks Beach. Prominently placed in the living room was a map of Florida and the Caribbean under glass. During hurricane season my grandfather would listen to shortwave radio reports and mark the latitude and longitude of the pending storms. It was the only way to know whether or not the storm was heading towards us. There was really very little predictive analysis back then. And storms seem to veer off in all directions unexpectedly. It was all very exciting, but also very scary. By the way, the house, which was built in 1915, still stands!

    • djcoastermark

      Amazing the house is still there considering most homes by the beaches are torn down for Mcmansions or condos. I know you said at one time where it was, but I can’t recall where. I would be a fun trivia spot to see when we do beach drives.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        516 N. Gulf Blvd. turn onto 6th Ave and park. 2nd house to the south. Right on the beach.

        • djcoastermark

          checked it out on the goog, that is so cool. Will have to drive by some day.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            Lots of fond memories

  • PLAINTOM

    Don’t worry Florida, Donald will be there with Play-Doh to save you.

    • Is that Eric Trump’s new nickname?

      • PLAINTOM

        Ivana’s

  • TrollopeReader
    • Remember- the majority of the storm’s force is on the east side, sparring Florida the worst of this. I still do not think we will be hit by Hurricane Force winds in Florida — but we won’t know until tomorrow. I am surprised they have not called Tropical Storm warnings yet. You can check the wind probabilities for your area here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIAPWSAT4+shtml/041500.shtml?

      • TrollopeReader

        but * I * am on the East side of the H sometime on Sunday !

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Cape Cod ?

          • TrollopeReader

            I *do* say I live on the other side of the moat ….

  • JCF

    Yes, it might hit the U.S.

    It DID hit Haiti: please help!

    International Red Cross: http://www.ifrc.org/en/get-involved/donate/