As of 5 a.m. Thursday morning, Storm Team 8 meteorologists say Matthew has top sustained winds of 125 mph and is moving northwest at 12 mph. Tropical Storm force winds extend 160 miles. “Hurricane Matthew is expected to ride right along Florida’s east coast tomorrow as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane. The storm looks to curve back around south by early next week, so the storm will bear watching all the way into the middle of next week to see if we could see even more Florida impacts,” said Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Leigh Spann.
“The Tampa Bay area will feel strong wind starting tonight and through the day Friday. Those winds will reach tropical storm force gusts at times, especially for areas east of I-75. The heaviest rain will also be in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties where 2-4 inches of rain is possible by tomorrow night. Other parts of the Tampa Bay area will receive 1-2 inches of rain. ,” said Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Leigh Spann. READ MORE