CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The newest update continues to show Hurricane Matthew as a strong category 4 hurricane with 140 mph winds. It will plow across the eastern part of Cuba over the next few hours.
While it hasn't strengthened, the storm will continue to hold its own as a category 4 hurricane through Thursday. It should maintain that strength as it treks through the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday.
The storm will move parallel to the Florida coast on Friday as a category 3 storm. Then it will head along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts through the night – plaguing the North Carolina coast during the day on Saturday. The newest update would keep the storm just slightly off the Carolina coast a little longer, which would be good news.
The difference in the track isn't a great one but even 10-20 miles farther off the coast would be a big help. The storm should stay along the coast and move through the Outer Banks by Saturday afternoon/evening. It will be back out in the Atlantic by Sunday morning.
While it should mainly just stick around through the day on Saturday – that could be a very long day!
Around the WBTV viewing area, we will have quiet weather for the next few days. Highs will be in the mid 70s with mainly cloudy skies through Thursday and even most of Friday. By Friday evening, depending on the track, rain is possible from Friday night through the first part of Saturday.
The heaviest rain will obviously stay to our east. There should be a sharp dividing line between heavy rain and no rain. That line is likely to fall somewhere across our part of the state. Part of the foothills and mountains may see no rain at all. We could all see gusty winds however.
By Sunday and next week, beautiful weather will return.
Stay tuned to WBTV on air and online for the latest!