Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Hurricane Matthew's timeframe for reaching the area along South Carolina's coast has adjusted, and is now expected to have an impact a little later than previously thought.
The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 130 miles an hour (a slight weakening from earlier) and is moving to the north at 8 miles an hour.
A hurricane warning was issued late Tuesday night for the southern part of the Florida coast. No watches or warnings are in effect for South Carolina, but it's possible an advisory could be issued for at least part of the coastline by the end of Wednesday.
News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy says the storm has shifted slightly to the west, meaning its still expected to pass very close to South Carolina's coast--and it still make actually make landfall here. If this track holds up, we'd be looking at hurricane force winds and flooding rains along the South Carolina coast. In the Midlands it will depend on where you live, and the final track. The northern to central Midlands will likely see moderate rain and gusty winds, while the southern and eastern Midlands will see tropical storm force winds and a chance of heavier rain.
The biggest change we've seen lately in the forecast models is the timing. A day ago, the storm was projected to be leaving the state by 8 a.m. Saturday. Now, the storm wouldn't be out of our area until 8 p.m. that same night.
However, it should be noted that the models continue to shift, and it will be important for everyone in the Midlands, Pee Dee, and Lowcountry of South Carolina to closely monitor this storm. Already, Gov. Nikki Haley has issued evacuation orders, and residents who are in the areas under those orders should seriously heed the advice to leave the area.
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