BLOG: Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly, but not for long

BLOG: Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly, but not for long

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hurricane Matthew remains a Category 3 Hurricane this evening, about 170 miles SSE of Nassau, Bahamas, and 300 miles SE of Miami.

It weakened slightly to 115 mph maximum sustained winds and continues to move NW 12 mph. This will take it into very warm, fertile water in the northwestern Bahamas tonight and with less wind shear in the atmosphere, all indications are it will strengthen to a Category 4 storm again by Thursday.

There is no change in the forecast track at this point, still taking it near, if not over Cape Canaveral, FL, Friday morning, then off the coast of Charleston, SC, during the day on Saturday. This is the key moment in Matthew's journey. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) peels Matthew off to the east away from the coast at this point which would be a huge break for the NC coastal sections.

However, a number of computer models are still suggesting Matthew may hug the coast longer and be a bigger issue. So stay alert and don't let your guard down just yet if you have coastal interests. Either way, heavy and potentially flooding rainfall is still a good bet around the low country of NC and SC. Damaging winds are much more dependent of the exact track.

The next official forecast from NHC will be at 11 p.m. and we will have all those details for you on WBTV news at 11 p.m.

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