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We’re On “Matthew” Watch

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Matthew watchSouth Florida is on Hurricane Matthew watch as a summerlike weekend approaches.

Friday will feature scattered afternoon storms around the area with highs mostly in the upper 80s.

Some afternoon storms are in the forecast for Saturday, but most of them will pop up in the interior and on the Gulf coast. Highs will be near 90 degrees.

More showers and storms will develop around South Florida on Sunday, and highs will be around the 990 degree mark.

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Some afternoon storms will develop along a building ocean breeze on Monday, and most of the activity will be in the interior, and along the Gulf coast. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

Our weather on Tuesday is dependent on the track and intensity of Matthew, which is forecast to begin affecting the central Bahamas by then.
Matthew watchMatthew reached category 2 strength overnight. At 5 am Friday, it was located at 14.0 North, 69.9 West, and had maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. Matthew was moving west at 14 miles per hour — and we’ll be paying close attention to its forward speed, because that will affect just where it will take its expected northward turn this weekend.

Currently, tropical storm warnings are up for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and parts of the Venezuelan coast. Matthew is forecast to move into the Bahamas on Tuesday and make its closest approach to South Florida on Wednesday.

South Florida will need to watch Matthew carefully this weekend and be ready to take action if necessary early next week.

[vc_message message_box_style=”3d” message_box_color=”turquoise”]By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 30, 2016[/vc_message]
Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.