Here's what we know about Hurricane Matthew based on the 8AM Report on October 6, 2016:
- It looks like it's going to hit the Florida Coast. It's predicted to make landfall in Florida with the posibility of smashing into an area between Palm Beach and St Lucie counties.
- It will be a powerful hurricane when it hits the Florida coast - probably a Category 4 with sustained winds over 145 miles per hour.
- Matthew is a huge storm- it might be as large as 700 miles across. So even if the eye does not impact us directly, part of this giant will affect us.
- It's a slow moving storm with the capability of dumping massive amounts of rain on Florida's coast.
- There will be a storm surge along the coast- with seas as high as 10 feet or more above normal levels. If you are on a barrier island or located on the water, you should consider evacuating.
- The time frame for initial impact seems to be about 10-11 PM on Thursday night although we should start to feel rain from the outer bands of the storm late Wednesday and into Thursday.
What can you do to prepare for Hurricane Matthew?
- Make or Locate your Hurricane Disaster Plan.
- Make or Locate your Disaster kit with water, batteries, essential medicines and other items. Watch "How to Make a Disaster Kit" which will show you the items you'll need.
- Make sure you locate your Insurance policies and highlight the phone numbers in case you need to make a claim after the storm. Here's a link to a page with many Company Claim's phone numbers.
- Contact Cronin Insurance with any questions you have. We'll be open as long as we can on Thursday and, power permitting, we'll be checking our emails even after we close the office.
Be safe and respect Matthew by preparing for the storm.