Hurricane Matthew is currently bearing down on Florida’s east coast and it’s still a doozy. 140 MPH sustained winds and showing signs of possible strengthening. Current forecast shows it moving straight up the east coast of Florida, tickling Georgia and South Carolina and then circling around for a possible second hit of Florida. Ouch. There’s also a possibility that it will then cross Florida and hit the Gulf of Mexico whose warm waters might turn it into a hurricane once again, but that’s too far in the future to predict with any accuracy. You can check its progress here.
This is shaping up to be a very serious threat to Florida. Not only will southern Florida have to deal with the hurricane surge itself, but it may come just as it is also experiencing high tide in the middle of the night. You’ll recall what happened to New York when a similar scenario happened with hurricane Sandy which only had 70 MPH sustained winds at the time. If you know anyone in eastern Florida, be sure to let them know that this isn’t a hurricane to mess around with. Get away from the sea and stay indoors.
If Matthew does strengthen and continue along its projected path, we could be getting an early glimpse of what the state of Florida will look like in 50-100 years with the predicted sea level rise due to general warming and the ice caps shrinking. Of which, the Arctic just experienced its second lowest ice extent minimum by the way. So yeah, things are really shaping up for planet Earth.