Hurricane Matthew Could Miss Rhode Island, National Weather Service Reports

Oct 5, 2016

Rhode Island may feel only limited effects from Hurricane Matthew. The Category 3 storm left a trail of damage in Haiti and was moving toward the Bahamas on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to hit Florida and the Carolinas on Friday and Saturday, but National Weather Service Meteorologist Lenore Correia said Matthew’s likely track has changed in the last 24 hours.

“It looks like Hurricane Matthew might not actually make it to New England, and right now it looks like it’s going to hug the coast of Florida and the Carolinas, and go out to sea,” said Correia.

However, Correia cautioned that prediction could still change.

“There is a possibility that it will continue circulating down around the Carolinas for the next week, and then it might come back up, but by then it would be significantly weaker and we would only see rainfall,” said Correia.

A hazardous weather outlook for Rhode Island remained in place as of Wednesday morning. But Correia said the end of the week will likely be rain-free.