Hurricane Matthew is staying offshore but is still a Cat 3 so it’s still dangerous. It is now up off the Melbourne / Cape Canaveral area and tracking to move parallel to the coastline and possibly circle back towards the Bahamas and South Florida again next week.
The Miami Herald is reporting that 86,000 people were without power in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. They’re even reporting that we lost power down here in my area, which is news to me because I never did. Anyway, FPL is on the job, but as far as I can tell, the storm didn’t do any damage in this area and all is well.
9:00 AM: The 8 AM track shows the hurricane has moved up the coast and the eye is still off-shore. Meanwhile, I did hear from Bob that last night he lost power in his house, and he’s 3 miles north of me. It seems to be an isolated outage; he and the Old Professor are on a small grid and his neighbors to the north have power.
11:00 AM: There’s been a reported wobble to the east which could mean trouble for Jacksonville and southeast Georgia’s barrier islands.
2:00 PM: Still a Cat 3 and off the coast of Jacksonville, Amelia Island, and Fernandina Beach.
5:00 PM: It is now a Cat 2 but still powerful and with storm surges heading for the low-lying islands off the Georgia coast, it’s still dangerous.
8:00 PM: Stay safe tonight.
Here’s the link to the Jacksonville regional radar.