Category 1 Hurricane Matthew Leads to a Nice Weekend Here

Hurricane Matthew is lashing the coasts of North and South Carolina this morning, with category 1 caliber winds — sustained as high as 85 mph.  The highest gusts are in the most intense rain bands now pushing north of Charleston toward Myrtle Beach.  Isolated tornadoes are also possible ahead of the storm’s center, mainly over North Carolina.

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Here’s a look at peak wind gusts at several sites in South Carolina, since midnight…

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In Georgia, the winds have been even higher:

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A view from space shows the circulation very well.  The center is evident by the swirl in the clouds along the mid South Carolina coast.

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Notice there are some clouds in East Tennessee with Matthew’s circulation.  There’s another band of clouds over our area too, on the Cumberland Plateau and over nearby counties.  Take a look at Cookeville’s view right now….

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Meanwhile, in Lawrenceburg, Pulaski, Nashville, and Clarksville it’s quite a bit brighter!

SO….while sunshine will eventually be enjoyed by all, some of you will have to deal with a deck of low clouds for a time this morning.

Temperatures will obviously climb today, but not to the summerlike levels of yesterday, when we hit 88 degrees!  We missed the record at the Nashville International Airport by just three.  Highs this afternoon will be in the 70s.  The air will be quite a bit drier, too.

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Expect a nice breeze throughout the day, thanks to Hurricane Matthew.  Gusts should peak around 30 mph.

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If you’re going to Oktoberfest in Germantown….or heading to Lexington for the Vanderbilt/Kentucky football game, the weather could not be much better!

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Tomorrow looks similar, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s.

For a break down on the rest of the week and even more information on Hurricane Matthew, be sure to tune in to Channel 4 News Today, at 9am.

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