Hurricane models have placed Charleston and its barrier islands within the cone of uncertainty for the possible tracks of Hurricane Matthew. This is due to a consensus shift slightly westward for the storm track over the last few hours.
Although the consensus track is still off the South Carolina coast for what is expected to be a Category 2 storm when it passes, there are a lot of moving parts in the atmosphere that will affect where Matthew heads and how strong it will be. Tropical storm force winds and flooding are possible even if Matthew remains at sea.
The states of Florida and North Carolina have issued states of emergency in preparation for possible impacts. Charleston County emergency management officials are on alert.
Readers are urged to stay alert and maintain awareness of conditions. When Tidelines receives official bulletins from the Town, we will pass them on.