Hurricane Matthew: Timeline of what to expect

4 a.m. Friday

Hurricane force winds are expected to reach central Brevard between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.

7 a.m. Friday

An earlier forecast had Matthew's eye making landfall at the easternmost point of Cape Canaveral. Updated projections have it just skirting land but still bringing hurricane strength winds to the Cape.

8 a.m. Friday

The backend of the hurricane force winds will start lifting out of Brevard by 7 a.m.

It will take five hours for the winds to fully lift out of the county with the last hurricane winds most likely north of Titusville by noon.

6 p.m. Friday

Tropical storm force winds of at least 40 mph are expected to continue through this time in North Brevard.

Meteorologist Matt Bragaw with the National Weather Service in Melbourne gave FLORIDA TODAY this rundown. He said hurricane force winds can mean anything from a Category 1 (74 mph) to much higher.

The weather service and National Hurricane Center can't speculate about exactly how strong the storm could be at any given hour. He also said the size of the eye could change over time and that there are many factors that could cause Matthew's path or intensity to change through the night.

Here is a recap of the latest conference call between emergency managers across the county:

South Brevard

Between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. – Tropical storm force winds
2 a.m. and 8 a.m. –  Hurricane force winds
8 a.m. and p.m. – Tropical storm force winds
Central Brevard

10 p.m. to 4 a.m. TS winds
4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Hurricane winds
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. TS winds
North Brevard

Midnight to 6 a.m. TS winds
6 a.m. to noon: Hurricane winds
Noon to 6 p.m. TS winds

Overall storm described as “glancing blow” for most of coast, still potentially “catastrophic,” with sustained winds 90 mph to 110 mph, gusts in rain bands up to 135 mph.

Rain 6-8 inches, more on the coast.

Storm surge potentially 9-11 feet, higher in Cape Canaveral area.



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