Here’s What DC Residents Can Expect From Hurricane Matthew


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Andrew Follett Energy and Science Reporter
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Hurricane Matthew increased in strength Thursday and is on the verge of making landfall in Florida.

The storm’s expected to make it’s way up the coast, but head out to sea after striking South Carolina. So what does that mean for people living in the D.C. area?

Mathew won’t directly hit D.C., but officials have issued a flood warning until Friday morning. D.C. is expected to see some rain as the edges of Matthew skirt on by, and the National Weather Service says to expect above normal high tides and minor inundation of low-lying areas Friday.

The Weather Channel estimates an 86 percent chance of rain in D.C. Saturday due to the storm. That’s likely to increase traffic a bit as people rush to get home before the weekend. East Coast residents have been advised to stock up on bottled water, canned food, medications, batteries and other non-perishable goods.

When it makes landfall, Matthew would likely be stronger than any hurricane in recent decades, including the 2004 Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne, as well as Hurricane David in 1979, according to the National Weather Service.

The U.S. has been in a “hurricane drought” since Hurricane Wilma hit in October of 2005.

“That’s an unprecedented streak, going back to 1900—the longest drought before the current one was nearly 1,000 days shorter,” according to Time magazine.

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