Matthew in review: Florida’s highest wind gusts


Hurricane Matthew brushed Florida’s East Coast before making landfall in South Carolina. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

Matthew was a major hurricane as it churned north along Florida’s East Coast last week, but its powerful winds mostly stayed offshore.

The National Weather Service issued several reports on highest winds from the storm:

North Florida: St. Augustine Beach, 76 mph; Jacksonville Beach, 76 mph; Jacksonville International Airport, 64 mph.

East-Central Florida: Patrick Air Force Base, 88 mph; Cocoa Beach, 79 mph; West Melbourne, 71 mph; Vero Beach Muncipal Airport, 74 mph; Snug Harbor (Martin County), 72 mph; St. Lucie County Airport, 68 mph.

South Florida:  Juno Beach Pier, 62 mph; Palm Beach International Airport, 51 mph.

Heaviest rainfall in South Florida: 2.74 inches in Haverhill.

The peak wind gust in Miami was 35 mph; 45 in Fort Lauderdale and 47 in Pompano Beach.


Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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