Updates: Hurricane Matthew's track moves closer to Jacksonville

Hurricane Matthew, 11 p.m. advisory, 10/04/16

The latest track for Hurricane Matthew brings the storm closer to Jacksonville.

The 11 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center showed a shift west in Matthew's track.

Matthew remains a Category 4 storm with 130-mile per hour winds over the Caribbean.

It made its second landfall over Cuba on Tuesday night.

It will near the coast of Florida late Thursday and be closest to Jacksonville on Friday.

Northeast Florida will experience the worst of Hurricane Matthew Thursday night through Friday night.

As much as 5 to 10 inches of rain, high winds and 20 foot waves are expected for coastal areas.

Inland areas will see 2 to 5 inches of rain and there is a chance of isolated tornadoes and water spouts.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said at a press conference in Nassau County on Tuesday that he is not ruling out a direct hit by Matthew.

Florida governor: Evacuations possible, not ruling out direct hit from Hurricane Matthew

He is urging people to prepare for possible evacuations and catastrophic damage.

Jacksonville officials said the Main Street Bridge will be closed beginning Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. so crews can remove a temporary platform as a precaution.

Northeast Florida counties are already offering sandbags in preparation for heavy rain, wind and beach erosion.

School districts are monitoring the storm but no cancelations have been reported as of Tuesday at 6 p.m.

An evacuation order for Port Canaveral south of Jacksonville was issued on Tuesday.

It affects Jetty Park campers, marinas, and all Port businesses and tenants. The deadline to evacuate is noon on Wednesday.

Evacuation zones, routes and other emergency information

Chief meteorologist Mike Buresh with the latest on Hurricane Matthew Stay informed with the latest storm updates by downloading our weather app: http://bit.ly/1Y4cNzP

Posted by Action News Jax on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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