As the dangerous category 4 storm has begun battering Haiti and threatens eastern Cuba, states along the US Eastern Seaboard now have begun to take serious notice. Emergency operations centers in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia are at full or partial activation, and the governors of Georgia and North Carolina have declared states of emergency.
Active for the past 2 days in response to the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) now has ramped up to Alert Level 5 — “Catastrophic Response Mode.” Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais in western Haiti at 1100 UTC. The HWN focuses on eliciting real-time “ground truth” weather information and data from storm-stricken zones to assist National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasters.
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