Even though I’m half way around the world from this storm, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it and how dangerous it’s about to get.
As of this posting Matthew was crossing western Cuba and heading for the Bahamas. From there, all forecasts appear to have it run up real close along the east coast from South Florida up to the Carolinas. It may, or may not even make landfall anywhere along this line.
As for the Keys, Key West and the lower Keys will be pretty much out of the main part of the storm. They will most likely have some windy weather, maybe some unusually high tides and rain from the outer bands. The upper Keys could well be under a hurricane watch or warning already. Remember, just because the eye is out to sea, doesn’t mean the storm is far away. The winds, rain, and storm surge will go out several hundred miles from the center and can cause significant damage.
The biggest problems will be along the east coast of Florida where for decades the shoreline has been eroding away while developers, who only see dollar signs, continued to overbuild right up to the water line. With Matthew running up the coast, the winds on the north side of the storm will pile drive tons of water onto the shore, causing massive beach erosion and flooding. I would not want to be an owner of any of those buildings right now. It’s gonna be very bad this week.
I personally don’t have anything to worry about of course. I own nothing in Florida so I don’t have to worry about any property. But I do have friends in Florida and points north and I hope they will be ok. Most of them have been through this drill before with storms in the past so they know enough to get the shit out of dodge until this thing passes through.
For anyone else along the east coast, especially Florida, don’t piss around with this thing. Secure your property as well as you can, and if you are close to the beaches, get the hell out while the getting is good. Head west and stay there until the storm has passed. Category 4 is not to be trifled with.
Stay safe everyone.
If you don’t believe in climate change and it’s effects, you are about to get a first hand lesson. Pay attention.