By John Denton, CNNPosted July 10, 2019 08:55:22It’s been a week since Hurricane Matthew slammed the US Gulf Coast, leaving coastal communities devastated.
A week ago, the National Hurricane Center predicted the storm would make landfall near the Florida Keys on Friday and then hit the Florida Panhandle and Florida on Saturday.
The hurricane made landfall on Friday night as a Category 5 storm, the second-strongest storm to hit the US in 2017.
It then weakened to a Category 4 hurricane by Saturday morning, making landfall in the Tampa Bay area.
But by Monday morning, the storm was still at a Category 3, meaning it was likely headed toward Florida.
By the end of the day, the hurricane was expected to make landfall in Florida.
But on Monday, the tropical storm surge was predicted to hit Tampa Bay, making it a Category 1 hurricane.
By the end and day, it was expected hit the coast of Florida.
Tampa Bay is a city of about 40,000 people and a center of the state’s tourism industry.
It is located on a bay that is also home to a number of cruise ships, including the World of Disney and Walt Disney World.
In a statement, the Tampa City Council said the storm had made landfall in one of the city’s downtown neighborhoods and left thousands without power.
The city is expecting to receive some of the first water rescues and to have to use emergency response measures, the statement said.
By Monday morning at 9:00 a.m., the storm surge had passed, according to the National Weather Service.
At 11:00, the agency issued a hurricane watch for parts of Tampa Bay.
The storm surge in Tampa Bay is expected to reach up to 1 foot and then it will continue to surge up to 8 feet, the forecast said.TAMPA — The storm surge from Tropical Storm Matthew is expected at times to reach 2 feet by Sunday, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
That would put it at the top of the list for most Category 5 storms in the Atlantic, the NOAA said in a forecast issued Wednesday.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds reached 110 mph in some areas and 90 mph in others, it said.
On Wednesday, officials with the Florida Department of Transportation said they are anticipating that the surge will reach 1 to 3 feet by Saturday, when Matthew will be near landfall.
The agency is using a series of forecasts that it is using to assess how much power is available to communities along the coast.
The Miami-Dade County Public Works Department and Florida Power & Light say it is not yet known how much electricity will be available for some areas in the Miami-Broward County area, the Miami Herald reported.
Power outages in Florida were widespread after the storm hit.
But many residents were able to get out of their homes with generators and water purifiers.