The storm weakened slightly, to Category 3, with winds of about 120 m.p.h. It was moving just off the east coast of Florida. - From New York Times
Hurricane Matthew churned north along the coast of Florida on Friday, staying far enough offshore to spare the state a direct hit, but still caused flooding, wind damage and power failures.
Norton and many others here, the emptiness of Charleston’s palm-tree-lined streets, where antebellum architecture is dotted with hidden courtyards and lush window boxes, was a refreshing break, because the city is usually brimming with tourists.
This is still a dangerous storm, and just because some stretches of the Florida coast have not been hit as catastrophically as was possible, that does not mean the rest of Florida or Georgia or South Carolina are in the clear.
People remember the 1900 storm — and the haunting song about it, Wasn’t that a Mighty Storm?
What climate change is doing is dumping more heat into the oceans and more moisture into the air — conditions that are likely, over time, to make the strong storms that do develop become more powerful, and possibly more frequent, as well.