Matthew expected to weaken at a faster pace – Hurricane Centre
The National Hurricane Centre in Miami says Hurricane Matthew is expected to begin weakening at a faster pace within 24 hours.
However, the NHC says while Matthew's category three winds have so far remained a short distance offshore of the Florida Coast, people should not become complacent.
It notes that only a small deviation to the left of the forecast track could bring these winds onshore.
The western eyewall of Matthew, which contains hurricane-force winds, is expected to move over or very near the coast of northeastern Florida and Georgia today.
The NHC says the water hazards, including storm surges remain, even if the core of Matthew stays offshore.
Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast this morning with powerful winds, potentially devastating storm surges and torrential rain, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.