Well 2016 was pretty quiet on the east coast for much of the season, Hurricanes Colin and Hermine both passed over the panhandle area and through northern Florida and Georgia. Then, at the beginning of October Matthew came looming through the Caribbean. Initially passing between Haiti and Cuba, with a lean and landfall very much towards Haiti, Matthew did some major damage in the Caribbean as a Cat Major Hurricane. Matthew then tracked in a north-westerly direction and the Bahamas and east coast of Florida braced themselves.
With the Bahamas next in line, with a major hurricane passing directly over them as a Cat3/4, History and good planning has prepared the Bahamas for hurricanes but this was a big event whichever way they looked at it.
Matthew came very close to heading for landfall around the Treasure Coast around Jupiter, Stuart and Port St Lucie. Matthew however jogged to the east a little, and the treasure coast breathed a sigh of relief – but what next.
Matthew tracked up the coast, remaining just offshore but still managing to do some damage especially to the very closest coastal regions from south of Daytona Beach all the way up through St Augustine and then further up the coast impacting on Jacksonville, fl and on up through Brunswick, Ga, and through the Georgia coasts and on into South Carolina where it finally made landfall near McClellanville, SC.
Matthew’s biggest impact to the coastal US would be North Carolina, and as is often the case, the wind was not the major issue, but flooding after the hurricane had the biggest impact on the area.
Looking forward to 2017, well, there will be predictions, but in all reality, do they really have a clue as to what the coming year will bring?