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Hurricane Matthew puts Carolinas in its path, remains a threat this weekend

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As of 2 a.m., the latest National Hurricane Center update reported Hurricane Matthew strengthened as a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 145 mph and on the western tip of Haiti. The storm is moving to the north and is impacting western Haiti this morning and then Cuba later today, bringing life-threatening heavy winds and rain. From there, it will continue north through the Bahamas Wednesday/Thursday and closer to the coast of Florida on Friday.

Then it comes closer to the NC/SC coast late Friday and into Saturday. The NHC forecast track has shifted overnight, now bringing Matthew ashore the NC coast along Cape Fear first during the day on Saturday as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, followed by a second landfall up the coast near Cape Lookout.  

Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory issued a State of Emergency for 66 counties during a press conference on the state's preparation for Matthew. 

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There is still considerable uncertainty with the eventual track and intensity which will ultimately determine how much wind, rain and storm surge occurs in any given area.  

Some forecast models are bringing Matthew farther west which, if occurs, would drastically worsen weather conditions for central and eastern NC. College football fans attending games as far west as Raleigh on Saturday need to watch this closely.

As for the WBTV viewing area, models are still keeping the heaviest rain to our east, but as already stated, even that is subject to change.

- Al Conklin

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