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As a Florida native, I'm probably jaded about these things. The talking heads on tv always roll up their sleeves and look serious and advise barely-restrained panic, because of course they don't want to get the blame if things turn out worse than expected. Then we get some rain, maybe a gust or two, and everybody shrugs and says gee, was that it? So while Matthew will very likely make for some rough stuff on the coast over the next couple days, my feeling right now is that those of us a bit further inland will see plenty of rain but not much else. Probably a blustery day for sure, maybe even some tropical-storm-force gusts, but nothing sustained and certainly nothing like a category-4 hurricane. But the panic is certainly out there; the wife went to the grocery store this morning (for our regular stuff, mainly) and said it was rather busier than usual for a weekday morning, and the canned-goods section was pretty picked-over. Not surprising, really. Schools will probably be closed tomorrow and Friday, which means the girls' homeschool-enrichment dealio will be cancelled Friday as well. If it's an especially ugly day, I suppose I could beg off work myself on the grounds that driving is dangerous. But I live 3 miles away, so I doubt it will be necessary, really.

Of course, now the latest forecast models are starting to indicate Matthew will make a loop and swing west towards FL again next week. Not to mention Tropical Storm Nicole, also swirling and looping around out there. So it might be an interesting week indeed!

Date: 2016-10-06 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewayne.livejournal.com
I saw a great fear that Matthew was heading pretty much straight for the Space Coast with winds higher than the buildings were rated for. I hope it weakens A LOT!

Date: 2016-10-06 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
Yes, it's looking like the center is tracking right along the coastline, which will take it over KSC. It's still category 3, but near cat-4 status (and expected to gain a little strength since the waters are warm). Definitely going to be a rough one over there! Hopefully not too bad here--my main concern is the trees around our house. Luckily we're on the west side of the storm; the northeast tends to be the strongest part of these things.

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