Hurricane Matthew has left much disaster in its path and claimed 33 lives in the U.S. And though it is no longer a hurricane, it has left much to talk to about.
News Center 23 visited with the National Weather Service Bureau in Brownsville. What was learned from Hurricane Matthew coming close to making landfall in the east coast, and how it is we can apply it to the Rio Grande Valley.
Barry Goldsmith with the National Weather Service says, “I think what we can do for the future plan is that what if that were our storm. I mean we can almost reference Dolly because Dolly was a really hard forecast and we saw what happened, it was just a thin area that got the wind and the worst rain, other places didn’t. So we’re still trying to improve our scale in intensity and specific impact locations and that’s why we do what’s called a safety margin, that you want to be safe, if you have any possibility at all that there’s concern about your property and you’re concerned about your family’s lives, you need to evacuate. And our hope is that if it doesn’t take a direct hit, we almost want to hope that someone nearby does so that people can see, whew, that was a great move by escaping it because that could have easily been us. And even with this storm now, even though the landfall never really happened, the fact that there are 170-mile wind gusts at Cape Canaveral which stands out there I hope people would take this as what if he’d come just a little farther west, we’re really glad we made the decision to evacuate.”
According to Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith, chances of a hurricane storm hitting the Rio Grande Valley this far into October are slim to none. This comes as northerner colder winds start making their way down into our area.