Hurricane Matthew continues to gradually weaken in the face of more hostile conditions as it slides up the Georgia and South Carolina coast overnight. This will be little consolation to residents in these areas as relentless rains and very high storm surges will produce widespread flooding issues across the Lowcountry all the way north into the coastal plain of North Carolina.
11 pm location has it 70 miles SE of Savannah, with the northern eyewall (the most dangerous part) only about 45 miles from Savannah. Maximum sustained winds are now 105mph and the storm's motion is north at 12mph. The storm is expected to track dangerously close to Charleston, SC by daybreak.
For the WBTV viewing area a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect over the weekend along with a Wind Advisory for the identical counties: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Stanly, Anson and Richmond in NC, and York, Chester, Lancaster and Chesterfield in SC.
Storm total rainfall (including Friday's rain) will amount to one to three inches for Charlotte and vicinity, and two to four inches in the eastern counties.
Expect winds of 20 – 30mph during the day around the Charlotte Metro Saturday with gusts 30 – 40mph and closer to 50mph in the eastern sections. These winds will be strong enough to bring down weak trees, large limbs and power lines leading to scattered power outages.
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