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Matthew weakening as it tracks towards North Carolina

RICHMOND, Va. -- The center of Hurricane Matthew spent much of Saturday morning hugging the South Carolina coast, but made landfall southwest of Myrtle Beach near McClellanville, South Carolina, around 11 a.m.  Wind speeds were down to 75 mph.  The threshold for hurricane strength is winds of 74 mph or greater.  Further weakening will be possible during the day.

For Virginia, moderate to heavy rainfall will continue to come up from the south, at the same time as a cold front approaches from the west.  Rainfall will total over an inch in many locations.  The heaviest rain in the state will fall across extreme southeastern Virginia, where totals in excess of six inches will be possible.


Wind speeds will increase late Saturday through much of Sunday.  The strongest gusts will affect the Hampton Roads area.  There may be minor coastal flooding near the Bay, but flooding is more likely near Norfolk and Virginia Beach on Sunday.


Matthew will track away from the Mid-Atlantic coast during Sunday, taking our rainfall with it.  Skies will clear during the afternoon, and the week ahead will be dry.

The updated forecast track for Matthew shows the storm weakening as it moves farther into the Atlantic.


More information about Matthew can be found in the CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.  There is also Tropical Storm Nicole, which is located south of Bermuda and east of the Bahamas.  The storm will slowly move towards Bermuda during the week ahead.