Will Matthew become first Cat 6 Hurricane and impact U.S. Election 2016?

This special posting will be added to, edited, and updated as events unfold.

Beginning with 30 September 2016 News and Weather Reports – scroll down for daily updates until this event concludes…


Special Posting by Jim Lantern – 5:30pm Central Time US, Norman Oklahoma, Friday 30 September 2016

Will Matthew become first Cat 6 Hurricane and impact U.S. Election 2016?

Video from weather.com: Category Six Hurricane Rating May Be Coming – Posted: Jul 28 2016 01:15 PM EDT, Updated: Jul 30 2016 07:49 PM EDT – Meteorologist Danielle Banks talks about the need for a category six hurricane rating.

My Prediction…

I have been and still am predicting a major hurricane at least as powerful as Hurricane Katrina will hit the United States, more likely east coast than coming in from the gulf, and its devastation will disrupt Election 2016. Will it be Hurricane Matthew? I don’t know. I am predicting New Jersey Governor Chris Christi will become a major figure leading the national recovery process, because of his experience with Hurricane Sandy impact on New Jersey. He is a Republican twice elected Governor of blue Democrat state New Jersey. As a Republican he’s currently on Trump’s team, but he does have a good relationship with Democrats. Just as the 9/11 terrorist attack brought the country together, this disaster will do the same but at much greater cost to lives and property. I am further predicting one of the presidential candidates will be injured by the storm. As result, that candidate will no longer be actively campaigning while recovering, and the other candidates will be too busy dealing with property damage to continue campaigning.

From my Twitter tweet today…

Not a pro forecaster, just my gut feeling. People US east coast FL to NY get ready for


Video from weather.com: Eyes on Caribbean as Matthew Becomes Major Hurricane – Posted: Sep 30 2016 02:45 PM EDT- Updated: Sep 30 2016 04:38 PM EDT – Hurricane Matthew got much stronger overnight. And residents of Florida are asked to keep a…


Latest on Tracking its path. American model keeps on closer to US shoreline. Euro further out.



October 1 – Saturday

Video, weatrher.com: Extremely Dangerous Matthew Weakens Slightly to a Strong Category 4 Hurricane; Forecast to Turn Toward Jamaica, Cuba – Published: Oct 1 2016 08:00 AM EDT.

October 2 – Sunday


Excerpts from…

Experts: US East Coast needs to watch Hurricane Matthew closely – By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist – October 2, 2016; 5:30 AM ET

  • The East Coast of the United States remains on alert for potential impacts from Hurricane Matthew during the middle to latter part of this week.
  • Matthew, currently a Category 4 (major) hurricane in the Caribbean, is expected to track northward from eastern Cuba to the Bahamas Tuesday into Wednesday.
  • Beyond that, the hurricane could track along or near the U.S. East Coast.
  • While there will be some impact from the storm on the U.S., how significant impacts are along the Atlantic Seaboard will depend on Matthew’s strength and proximity to the coast.
  • At this time, possible tracks range from an initial landfall along the southern Atlantic coast to a storm remaining a few hundred miles offshore.


Also, see video at…

OCT 2 2016, 5:07 AM ET – Hurricane Matthew: Evacuations in Guantanamo, Haiti Braced for 40-inch Rains – by



Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Weather.com – Live Radar [Check back here each day.]

[Evacuations of coastal communities ordered October 5.]

Enter your location or other locations at weather.com for current conditions, forecast, and live radar.

Live Lauderdale-by-the-Beach Cam – EarthCam.com

Live Daytona Beach Cam – EarthCam.com

Live Miami and the Beaches Cams – EarthCam.com

More at EarthCam.com

Further north up the east coast…


Live Myrtle Beach Cam

Breaking News – Hurricane Matthew, The Weather Channel: South Carolina – All coastal areas being evacuated 100 miles from coast. National Guard 1800 activated.
Above title is it. Per Governor Nikki Haley, Columbia SC.
Posted about 2:30pm Central Time, Tuesday 4 October 2016


Live Holden Beach Cam

[Coastal evacuations ordered October 5 for North Carolina, also Georgia.]


Live Virginia Beach Boardwalk Cam


Live Atlantic City Cams (automatically shifts views)


Live Times Square (several cams – automatically shift views)

October 3 – Monday

Click on image to see full size…


Hurricane Matthew Less Than 24 Hours From Catastrophic Haiti Strike; Hurricane Warnings in Jamaica, Cuba and Bahamas – Oct 3 2016 06:30 AM EDT – Weather.com article includes video. “Hurricane Matthew is less than 24 hours from delivering a potentially catastrophic strike on Haiti, and will also strike parts of Jamaica, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas before flirting with parts of the U.S. East Coast into this weekend.

  • Hurricane Matthew is still a Category 4 hurricane.
  • A catastrophic strike is imminent in Haiti overnight Monday night into Tuesday.
  • Hurricane warnings are posted in Jamaica, Haiti, eastern Cuba and the southeast Bahamas.
  • A hurricane watch is in effect in the central Bahamas.
  • It is still uncertain how close Matthew tracks near the U.S. coast late this week.
  • Regardless, large swells, coastal flooding and beach erosion is a certainty.


Jamaica web cams via EarthCam

Rocky Bay Web Cam Bahamas via EarthCam


11:00am CT update – “More likely to go left toward US coast than to the right.” – TWC.

October 4 – Tuesday

Vice Presidential Debate hosted by CBS TV (and on others) 8:00pm-10:00pm Central Time.

Which presidential or vice presidential candidate will be the first to comment on Hurricane Matthew? Will the hurricane impact their campaigning? Will recovery from the hurricane impact Election 2016?


NBC News – OCT 4 2016, 7:44 AM ET – Hurricane Matthew Roars Ashore in Haiti as U.S. Evacuations Feared

Video – Who will be Impacted By Hurricane Matthew Next? – weather.com – Posted: Oct 4 2016 06:19 AM EDT, Updated: Oct 4 2016 07:09 AM EDT.



Hurricane watch issued for Florida as Matthew approaches – USA TODAY – 2:01 p.m. EDT October 4, 2016

Breaking News – Hurricane Matthew, The Weather Channel: South Carolina – All coastal areas being evacuated 100 miles from coast. National Guard 1800 activated.
Above title is it. Per Governor Nikki Haley, Columbia SC.
Posted about 2:30pm Central Time, Tuesday 4 October 2016
by Jim Lantern

Florida governor: Prepare for direct hit from Hurricane Matthew – CNN
Updated 4:51 PM ET, Tue October 4, 2016

Clinton, Obama cancel campaign rally in Florida as hurricane approaches – Washington Times

October 5 – Wednesday

Coastal evacuations ordered in 4 states: Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina. “Leave now.” Monitor


October 6 – Thursday

Matthew Strengthening, Warnings Extended – Posted: Oct 6 2016 05:30 AM EDT – Updated: Oct 6 2016 05:43 AM EDT – Meteorologist Domenica Davis says Hurricane Matthew is now has winds of 125 mph.

Update from Google News listings 4:30pm CT Thursday 6 October 2016…

As hurricane nears, Clinton, Trump take break from Fla …

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been battling for Florida voters, but asHurricane Matthew nears, both candidates have turned off …
Clinton, Trump brace for Hurricane Matthew
In-DepthPoliticoOct 5, 2016


October 7 – Friday

7:30am CT – Hurricane Matthew now Category 3, passing Daytona Beach as it moves northward up the eastern coast of Florida.


FL Gov. Says Voter Registration Deadline Won’t Be Extended

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said that he will not extend the deadline for voter registration in the state despite the potential impact from Hurricane Matthew.


October 8 – Saturday

Hurricane Matthew weakened but still dangerous

Are you affected by Hurricane Matthew? If it is safe for you to do so, WhatsApp us on *+44 7435 939 154* to share your photos, experiences …


10:45am Update: Hurricane Matthew Comes Ashore in South Carolina – Bloomberg. Hurricane Matthew came ashore in South Carolina as a Category 1 storm after knocking out power to more than a million people in Florida, grounding thousands of flights and forcing everything from amusement parks to fuel terminals shut. Matthew crossed the coastline southeast of McClellanville with winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a statement.


October 9 – Sunday

Second Presidential Debate hosted by ABC TV (and on others – but will not be on NBC because of football game coverage) 8:00pm to 10:00 pm Central Time.

Hurricane Matthew Soaks North Carolina As It Churns North – NBC News – OCT 9 2016, 2:25 AM ET – Excerpts…

  • Hurricane Matthew caused “record-breaking” flooding in North Carolina as the storm swept up the coast after lashing Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, leaving at least 11 people dead in all.
  • The weakened Category 1 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was centered 50 miles east of Morehead City, North Carolina, as it moved northeast at 16 mph as of 2 a.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.
  • “This is a very, very dangerous storm,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory warned Saturday afternoon. Three deaths in the state have been blamed on Matthew.
  • The hurricane whipped Myrtle Beach, S.C., with 75 mph winds and surging water flooded Wilmington, N.C., and broke a water-level record set during Hurricane Hazel in 1954, the National Weather Service said.
  • Major flooding was reported in the cities of Raleigh and Fayetteville, More than 8 inches of rain fell in the Raleigh area, causing flooding in the city, and police said they were trying to keep up with weather-related calls.
  • In Cumberland County, which includes Fayetteville, first responders performed 77 water rescues, authorities said Saturday. One person was unaccounted for amid high water in the Fayetteville, and 15,000 people in the city were without power.

It’s over. Hurricane Matthew has left the United Stats and is now a tropical depression…

Sun Oct 9, 2016, 2:00 PM EDT
STRENGTH:Tropical Depression
WIND:75 mph



E at 15 mph


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