5 things you need to know about Hurricane Matthew and its impact

Hurricane Matthew Tuesday 700A update

Florida Governor Rick Scott has already declared a State of Emergency for all of Florida's 67 counties ahead of the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew on the State.

Here are the five things you need to know as Matthew continues to move north.

PHOTOS: 5 things to know about Hurricane Matthew

1. Hurricane Matthew is expected to hug the coast and move to the north, so this means Tropical storm or Hurricane watches are possible for the First Coast. 

[There's a 55% chance for Tropical Storm force winds and a 6% chance for Hurricane force winds.]

2. Since it's only Tuesday, we still have time to watch the storm. Now is not the time to panic, however families should communicate regularly and get their hurricane kits ready -- just in case. Here's a list of what you should include in your kit. 

3. Hurricane Matthew has winds of 145 mph and the National Hurricane Center says it's strengthening each day, we'll watch the storm closely as it continues to move north. 

4. By Friday Hurricane Matthew should be scooting along coast by 90 miles, that will be the day we see most of the impacts. Hurricane Center does have this storm brushing the Carolinas and making landfall. (We'll monitor)

5. First Coast should see the biggest impacts Thursday night into Friday with wind speeds up to 45+ mph. This means we'll get heavy rains, flood threats and dangerous surf. 

LIVE BLOG: Hurricane Matthew


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