A total of 29 deaths in North Carolina can be attributed to the storm, most due to drowning in freshwater flooding Event Overview - Hurricane Matthew can be traced back to a strong tropical wave that moved off the African coast early on 23 September The system moved quickly west at fairly low latitude for several days and struggled to develop a closed, low-level circulation.
As Matthew moved over the deep, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, the tropical cyclone gradually strengthened into a hurricane north of Venezuela and "Caribbean dating raleigh nc weather year round" by UTC 29 September.
Matthew weakened slightly and its intensity fluctuated as it turned north toward Haiti. The storm made landfall on the Tiburon Peninsula early on 4 October, Caribbean dating raleigh nc weather year round moving through the Windward Passage and then making another landfall in eastern Cuba early on 5 October. A broad, eastward-moving mid-latitude trough located over the central U. S gradually eroded the ridge to the north and east of Matthew, allowing the hurricane to turn toward the north-northwest on 7 October.
Hurricane Matthew moved northward around the western periphery of a subtropical ridge early on 8 October, remaining about 50 miles offshore of the Georgia coast.
The approaching mid-latitude trough eroded the subtropical ridge further, causing the category 2 hurricane to make a sharp turn toward the northeast and weaken further. The center of the hurricane moved back offshore of the coast of South Carolina by UTC, and remained just offshore of the coast of North Carolina early on 9 October.
Matthew moved east-northeastward and lost its tropical characteristics by UTC 9 October before merging with a frontal system on 10 October east of Cape Hatteras, NC. Due to the tremendous damage and the number of injuries and deaths across the Caribbean and Southeastern U. Regional Radar during Hurricane Matthew The animation below is the base reflectivity regional radar composite across the Southeast during the time which Hurricane Matthew impacted the Southeast.
The radar loop shows the scattered showers and thunderstorms that moved into North Carolina from the southeast during the evening of 06 October which spread north and west through the morning and afternoon hours on 07 October. The main precipitation shield spreads into southern North Carolina during the evening on Friday 07 October and spreads north during the overnight hours into Saturday 08 October.
Widespread heavy rain falls across most of central and eastern North Carolina during 08 October before gradually ending from southwest to northeast during the evening and overnight hours. Based on an analysis of the data, we attributed 29 deaths across North Carolina to Hurricane Matthew. All of the fatalities in North Carolina occurred across inland counties. Not a single fatality occurred in a county bordering the ocean, a sound or a bay.
Several of these fatalities were reportedly from drivers ignoring barricades or traveling down closed roads. Additional details and analysis of the fatalities across North Carolina were documented in a poster presented at the 42nd National Weather Association Meeting. Precipitation Totals from Hurricane Matthew The axis of heaviest rain from Matthew across North Carolina fell west of the storm track in an arc from Lumberton northeast to near Fayetteville and Elizabethtown to near Goldsboro where rainfall amounts consistently Caribbean dating raleigh nc weather year round between 12 and 15 inches with a maximum of 16 to nearly 19 inches across portions of Bladen, Cumberland and Robeson Counties.
Most locations from the eastern Piedmont near U. Route 1 east into the Coastal Plain near U. Route 17 received at least 6 inches of rain with most of these locations receiving between 8 and 10 inches of rain. Further west across the western Piedmont, rainfall totals were much less and ranged from 2 to 4 inches. Only an inch or so of rain fell in the Foothills with minimal values, mainly less than a third of an inch fell across the Mountains.
It is also "Caribbean dating raleigh nc weather year round" noting that there was a rainfall minimum in the Crystal Coast and southern Outer Banks regions where amounts ranged between 3 and 5 inches. Most locations east of interstate 95 had wind gusts in excess of 50 MPH with gusts in excess of 70 MPH common across the across the coastal region from the northern Outer Banks southward to SC.
Further west wind gusts of 40 MPH or more were observed across much of the Piedmont. This total includes approximately 1. Most of the outages were associated with uprooted hardwood trees from a combination of strong winds and wind gusts along with saturated soils.
Extreme rainfall amounts on the order or 12 to 18 inches produced several all-time one-day rainfall records, as well as widespread flash flooding and subsequent river flooding. More than roads were closed, including portions of Interstates 95 and More than 2, road repairs were required to fix shoulder washouts and damage to drainage structures such as pipes, reinforced concrete box culverts, and bridges.
During extensive rainfall events like Hurricane Matthew, the NWS monitors the stage you can think of this as the height or depth, in feet, of the water on many streams and rivers across central NC. "Caribbean dating raleigh nc weather year round" addition, forecasts are routinely issued for points along the major rivers and both the actual stage and the forecasts are monitored using hydrographs see Caribbean dating raleigh nc weather year round below.
The stage axis on these hydrographs also indicates significant stages Action stage, Minor flood stage, Moderate flood stage, Major flood stage, and the Record stage, when available. During tranquil weather periods, the SERFC issues river forecasts once daily, however, during significant rainfall events forecasts are updated as often as needed to incorporate the latest information.
These forecasts are crucial for issuing river flood warnings and conveying the severity of the event to the public and our partners, but there is one particular issue that NWS forecasters must consider. Given the uncertainty and potential inaccuracy of precipitation forecasts, the SERFC river forecasts only take into account the forecast precipitation for the next 48 hours.
The river forecasts go out to 5 days, so if the precipitation is expected to fall beyond that 48 hour window, it will not be considered, and the resulting river forecast will seriously underestimate both how fast and how high the rivers will rise.
Consequently, the forecasts only performed well for the first 48 hours, but rapidly became unrepresentative and in essence, useless beyond 48 hours.