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BLOG: Hurricane Matthew makes progress toward Wilmington

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Hurricane Matthew officially made landfall in McClellanville, SC at 10:45 this morning. 

As Hurricane Matthew slides up the South Carolina coast this afternoon, it continues to gradually weaken. As of mid-day, the storm is now a category 1, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It continues to move to the northeast at 12 mph.

For the rest of the afternoon, heavy rain and high winds will continue to pound the northern part of the SC coast and the southern part of the NC coast. By this evening, the storm will be just south of Wilmington, NC and will be a weak hurricane or a strong tropical storm.

For the WBTV viewing area, heavy rains will continue to be a possibility the farther east you go. A Flash Flood Watch continues to be in effect for Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Union, Stanly, Anson, Richmond, NC and Chester, York, Lancaster and Chesterfield, SC until Sunday morning.

To track the weather where you live, follow along with out INTERACTIVE RADAR.

For these areas, the back edge of the storm will continue to push to the east and that will take the rain with it. The rain should begin to taper off from west to east through the afternoon. Winds could still be gusty at times with the highest gusts up to 30 or 40 mph.

Closer to the mountains and foothills, you are unlikely to see much rain this afternoon but the winds could begin to pick up – especially in the mountains. If you’re lucky, you might even see a few peeks of sun before the day is over. 

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