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Hurricane Matthew looks like it may steer clear of Virginia Beach – for now.
On Tuesday the National Weather Service forecasted the storm to hit the Outer Banks on Saturday, bringing with it between five and 10 inches of rainfall to the Southside, said Eric Seymour, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va.
By Wednesday morning, that forecast was dramatically different, putting Matthew about 100 miles away from Wilmington, S.C. on Saturday.
While the Southside will likely see a wet weekend, Seymour said today’s forecast predicts that rainfall could be less than an inch between Saturday and Monday.
What pairs well with rain? Wind. Wednesday’s forecast called for winds between 15 and 25 miles-per-hour this weekend in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
While the forecast is looking clearer than it was Tuesday, Seymour said Virginia isn’t in the clear.
Hurricane Matthew is a powerful storm that will try to move its way up the East Coast, and conditions could change rapidly.
“We’re still four or five days away,” he said. “There’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot of variables, that are coming into play. Even with this change in the forecast, I wouldn’t be highly confident that we’re not going to see anything at this point.”
“The million dollar question is going to be ‘How quick will the storm system turn?’ And it won’t turn until Saturday,” added Wakefield meteorologist Jeff Orrock.