Hurricane Matthew continues westward shift, strikes US East Coast

Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response at Cornell University, is available to comment on Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall at the southwestern tip of Haiti this morning and is likely to continue its westward shift towards North Carolina, New England and Eastern Massachusetts.


Tidball says:

“A westward shift in computer forecast models for Hurricane Matthew’s track indicated a strong possibility for severe impacts to the Southeast U.S. coast from South Florida to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

“After its approach among southeastern seaboard states, Matthew is predicted to continue north-northeast and strike New England on Sunday, with eastern Massachusetts being potentially at greatest risk. It is unclear if landfall in the Northeast will be at hurricane strength, due to the potential for Matthew to pass over a lot of land before getting there.

“Precautions and preparedness activities are strongly encouraged at this time if there is a chance that a person, family, home, or business might be in the path of Hurricane Matthew.

“Specific things to do to get ready include:

  • Stock up on emergency supplies for your home and car.
  • Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them near every phone in your house or on the refrigerator. Program them into your cell phone, too.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it.
  • Find out where the nearest shelter is.
  • Make sure that everyone in your family knows what the warning sirens in your area sound like — and what to do if they go off.”

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