Hurricane Matthew's Track Shifts Even More To The West, Still A Threat To SC

(WLTX) - The forecast track for Hurricane Matthew shifted even more west as of Tuesday morning, meaning South Carolina could see more significant impacts from the storm.

Currently, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 145 miles an hour and is moving to the north at 9 miles an hour and the eye of the hurricane will be making landfall after 8AM local time.

The storm will spend much of Tuesday unleashing its fury on parts of Haiti and Cuba, brining high winds and torrential rains that will lead to mudslides and flash flooding. 

Over the course of early Tuesday morning, the long-range computer models that try to project where the storm could go shifted twice to the west, meaning the forecast track now hugs much closer to the coast of Florida, Georgia, and even closer to South Carolina. If that track holds up, parts of the South Carolina coast could see significant rainfall, and even the Midlands could see rain with likely strong winds

"It looks like there's going to be heavy rain along the coast, there's going to be rip currents along the coast, beach erosion, some storm surge, and possibly some rain here in the Midlands," says News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy.

How much is going to depend on the track, and the timing of the storm is still in question, although most models have it impacting our state late Friday into Saturday. 

Because of the uncertainty in the track, all areas along the southeastern U.S. coastline from Florida to North Carolina should monitor the storm closely over the next several days. Already, Florida and North Carolina's governor have declared an emergency, and South Carolina has partially activated their emergency management center in an effort to coordinate any possible response the state may have to make. 

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