Those hovering over the weather forecast for the Columbus Day weekend — realizing that Hurricane Matthew could well be in the neighborhood — will just have to continue the watch.
It’s too far out to talk about any direct impacts to Long Island from Matthew, a dangerous Category 4 storm that Tuesday around 8 p.m. was making landfall near the eastern tip of Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center. The National Weather Service’s Upton office issued a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday through Monday for the area including Long Island. The outlook refers people to the hurricane center for updates on track and intensity of Hurricane Matthew.
“There is a good chance the storm will be close enough to Long Island on Sunday to produce some wind and rain, but whether we get just scattered showers and moderate breezes or some heavy rain and tropical storm force winds remains to be seen,” said Bill Korbel, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. “By Wednesday evening we should have a much better idea of where Matthew is going.”
The storm’s track beyond Saturday is highly uncertain, the weather service said, with the potential for a “curve out to sea” or a “more northward track closer to the mid-Atlantic coast later in the weekend.”
Even an offshore route would “bring high seas and gusty winds to our coastal waters,” the service said.
The hurricane center said, at the very least, much of the East Coast will probably see dangerous beach and boating conditions later this week and over the weekend.
There’s also potential for heavy rain, as an approaching frontal system could interact with tropical moisture that would precede the storm, even if were to remain offshore, the weather service said. As of Tuesday’s forecast, the best chance for rain would be late Saturday into Sunday.