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Hurricane Matthew 7AM Update: Possible 2nd Loop Strike | Do you want a photo of your home?

By Jeff Lichtenstein

Category 4

Hurricane Matthew is supposed to intensify to a category 4 storm with 145 mph winds. Fortunately, the eye appears just to the east of us, but it is best to prepare for the worst, as hurricanes are unpredictable.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Hurricane Matthew will reach South Florida this morning and build to a potentially 145-mph Category 4 storm on its journey from the Bahamas.

Palm Beach County is not expected to feel sustained 145 mph winds, but has a 60 percent chance of hurricane-force winds. The chances of tropical-storm-force winds in Palm Beach County are 100 percent.

Outer Bands by 6AM Today

As of the 5AM advisory, Matthew was 255 miles southeast of West Palm Beach with 125-mph winds. It could reach South Florida with its outer rain bands as early as 6AM.

2 Million Evacuated/1.2 Million Without Power

Mandatory Evacuations were taking place along the coast. We had friends on Singer Island and the coast of Tequesta that were ordered for mandatory evacuation. FPL projects that 1.2 million people will be without power. We saw hundreds of power line trucks going southbound on the Turnpike from neighboring states last night as northern states are sending in help to prepare for fixing/restoring the power that will go down.


2nd Strike: Keep Your Shutters Up & Patio Furniture Inside

Some of the 5AM models, according to Weather Underground, show it looping (see below) back to Jupiter on Monday. In 2004, Hurricane Jeanne was going away but ended up doing exactly this. It is best to really track this storm and stay on the watch for a loop, even after it leaves.


Drain Your Pool A Few Inches

From my pool guy for those of you with pools or friends you know with one… “Drain your pool a few inches so they don’t overflow and can handle the big rains.”

If you would like us to walk your property or building after the storm and to email/text you a photo, please feel free to call/text me at 561-346-8383 or email at

Posted in hurricane on October 6, 2016 at 6:53 am.


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