8 AM Saturday October 8 – This morning Hurricane Matthew is slamming Hilton Head and Charleston, SC. Winds are down to 85 mph and it has made the turn to the north-northeast at 15 mph. It is a weaker Category 1, but still a powerful force. The storm is still expected to curve away from the North Carolina coast and loop back down to the south, but the problems extend far up the coast. Currently it is the storm surge, heavy rain, and a few brief spin up tornadoes leading the the most problems on the east and north side of the storm.
Flooding rain and storm surge issues do extend along parts of the North Carolina coastline. But the rain has been fed into an approaching cold front that will make for a wet day for us today. This has been a tough forecast since the front itself was initially rather dry, but the hurricane is feeding the moisture. The rain will end this afternoon in western areas and southern PA. But last most of the day in central Maryland and get rather heavy this evening on the eastern shore.
The radar simulation below shows the timeline for today. Beyond this, the cooler weather will follow and it will feel like mid fall with highs in the 60s.