Hurricane Matthew Update, State of Emergency Declared for All of Florida. So Local Pasco, October 4th, 2016

Governor Scott Declares State of Emergency for ALL Florida Counties

24 hours ago, we were very sure that Hurricane Matthew would NOT be an issue, for us here on the West Coast of Florida…But things are changing, and may change more.

Matthew is a well defined Cat 4 MAJOR hurricane...It bears watching.
Matthew is a well defined Cat 4 MAJOR hurricane…It bears watching.

First and most newsworthy:  Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency for ALL counties in Florida, as of Monday evening.  This will allow disaster preparedness officials to begin preparing for any eventuality.  Even if our county is not directly affected, our resources may be called out to lend assistance elsewhere.  This is exactly how things should go.  In his statement,  the Governor said:

“Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening category four hurricane and we must all take it seriously. If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992. That is why we cannot delay and must prepare for direct impact now. Today, I signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in every Florida county to ensure we have resources for evacuations, sheltering and other logistical needs across our state. We are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best and we will not take any chances to ensure our state is prepared.”

Latest Coordinates, 2am edt, Oct 4th, 2016

At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Hurricane Matthew was
located near latitude 17.4 North, longitude 74.5 West. Matthew is
moving toward the north near 8 mph (13 km/h) and this general
motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the
north-northwest is forecast by Wednesday. On the forecast track,
the center of Matthew will pass near or over southwestern Haiti
this morning, move near eastern Cuba late today, and move
near or over portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas
Tuesday night and Wednesday.

I made a graphic to help explain why you need to check in with your trusted hurricane info sources at least once a day…Below, the graphic shows the change in projected track over just 36 hours:

Changes can occur RAPIDLY
Changes can occur RAPIDLY

Here is the ‘spaghetti model’ animation from late Monday night:

Track guidance is MUCH more suggestive of Florida feeling the effects of Matthew over the next few days
Track guidance is MUCH more suggestive of Florida feeling the effects of Matthew over the next few days

Of course, I can’t help but link you to my favorite weather image resource, Jay’s Hurricane Page:

Oh, yeah.  All images link to more info...and it's animated in place!
Oh, yeah. All images link to more info…and it’s animated in place!

Your Help Requested!  URGENT NEED

A reminder that our friends at Messengers of Hope Mission are in DIRE need of bottled water to distribute to the homeless in our community…It’s tough living outdoors, even tougher with no sources of clean water!  PLEASE contribute, today:

Click the image or the green text to link to Messengers of Hope!
Click the image or the green text to link to Messengers of Hope!

Remember, stay vigilant about the hurricane, and we’ll be back with Laura Sherrod Pence tomorrow!

~Greg

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