Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Volusia counties are now under a hurricane warning as of the new 11am advisory.
A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are imminent within 36 hours.
With the 11am advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Matthew has strengthened slightly, now with maximum sustained winds at 120 mph, and a NW movement at 12 mph.
The hurricane warnings have been extended northward to include Volusia county. The warning extends from Volusia/Flagler line southward to Broward county.
The storm is currently reemerging from Cuba where the high mountains disrupted the center slightly.
Matthew is now set to impact The Bahamas with the center of the storm passing near Nassau late tonight, early Thursday morning as a strong category 3 storm.
After impacting The Bahamas, Matthew is forecast to come within 50 miles of Florida’s coastline with winds near 130 mph.
In Orlando, as of the current forecast, we can expect the worst weather Thursday afternoon into Friday midday. Our main threat will be heavy rain, tropical storm force winds in excess of 70 mph, and the potential for tornadoes.
The current cone of uncertainty now appears to loop the storm back to the north, then east, then perhaps south, which you can see here.
We will update you when the next advisory comes in, which is 2pm.