FIRST ALERT: Weakening Matthew expected to hold Cat. 2 or Cat. 1 - - Columbia, South Carolina

FIRST ALERT: Weakening Matthew expected to hold Cat. 2 or Cat. 1 status as it brushes SC coast

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Wind speed projections for Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina (Source: WISTV) Wind speed projections for Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina (Source: WISTV)

Hurricane Matthew continues as a Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds as it looks to follow a track to hit the Florida east coast on a route towards the Lowcountry.  

According to the latest advisory at from the National Hurricane Center, the eye of the "extremely dangerous storm" is moving close to Cape Canaveral.

Most of the South Carolina coast remains under a Hurricane Warning except Horry and Georgetown counties as hurricane conditions are possible starting late tonight into Saturday morning. 

The storm's path remains on track to ride up the Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina coasts before making a hard right turn back into the Atlantic Ocean as a much weaker storm. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will be moving near or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through tonight, and near or over the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Florida up to the South Santee River in South Carolina.

Flash flood watches have also been issued for most of the state along with wind advisories.

Matthew appears to be on the same course as the earlier advisories.

Click here for a link to storm-related closings, cancellations and delays

It is time to prepare for Hurricane Matthew’s arrival today into Saturday. Hurricane conditions are expected along the coast of South Carolina, and evacuations of began on Wednesday

"We ask everybody, please be safe. And for those of you wondering whether you should leave or not, I again will tell you, if you do not leave, you are putting a law enforcement officer's or National Guardsman's life on the line when they have to go back and get you," Governor Nikki Haley said.

More than 270,000 are without power in Florida.

Florida's most famous theme parks, Walt Disney World, Seaworld and Universal Orlando, all closed early Thursday and remain closed Friday. 

Flights at Miami International Airport were expected to "gradually resume" Friday after airlines canceled flights on Thursday, the airport tweeted.

Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport closed Thursday ahead of the storm, according to its Twitter account. It said it expected to resume flights on Friday. 

Flights at Orlando International were suspended by 8 p.m. Thursday. The airport said it didn't anticipate flights to resume until Saturday. 

If you lose power or are away from your TV, you can be sure WIS will keep you updated online and with the WIS news app and First Alert Weather app with constant updates and live streaming of coverage from the Midlands and up and down the Atlantic Seaboard.




  • Rainfall totals of 2” to 4” are possible in Columbia. Southern and Eastern Midlands may see 4" to 8"
  • Winds may approach tropical storm force at times on Friday night and Saturday morning.

SC Coast:

  • Hurricane conditions are expected
  • Winds gusting to 74+ mph or higher
  • Rainfall of 6” to 12” with isolated higher amounts



  • Morning showers


  • Rain becomes heavier
  • Gusty winds and squalls
  • Isolated tornado warnings
  • Storm surge begins in Hilton Head and Charleston


  • Storm Surge of 6 to 12 feet along the coast
  • Hurricane force winds along coast
  • Gusty winds (40-60mph gusts) inland
  • Power outages expected
  • Some Flash Flood Warnings likely
  • Isolated coastal tornado warnings

Wednesday morning Gov. Nikki Haley announced a change to the state evacuation order. People living in the Beaufort and Charleston metro areas started evacuating on Wednesday. People in Georgetown and Horry counties received the evacuation order Thursday.

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