"We're not quite sure how fast it will move or how close to the coast it will stay." Computer guidance models have many conflicting scenarios, with some projecting the storm will veer far offshore and not pose much of a threat to the East Coast, and others say the storm will hit the Outer Banks of North Carolina later this week.
Depending on how close Matthew gets to the Atlantic coast, New Jersey could face the threat of strong winds and heavy surf along the shore this weekend, along with coastal flooding if there's a persistent easterly flow, Meola said Monday morning.
For now, a hurricane warning is in effect for Jamaica, Haiti, the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Granma, and Las Tunas, and the southeastern Bahamas, including Inaguas, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay and Ragged Island.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic, from Barahona westward to the border with Haiti.
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