By Laura Stojkovic and Ben D’AmbrosioA massive storm is now hitting the Florida Keys and the first signs of a major storm are emerging.
According to Florida Keys National Forecaster Brian Kowalski, a Category 5 storm has moved in to Florida and is currently churning across the Keys.
The National Weather Service reported that the storm was headed north at 5 mph and had the potential to produce sustained winds of up to 100 mph.
“This storm is getting stronger and faster and is making its way to the Florida Atlantic coast,” Kowalksi said.
“The forecast shows it to be a tropical storm, meaning that it will develop into a hurricane.”
According to the National Weather Services, Hurricane Matthew will bring a Category 4 to 5 storm surge to Florida by Sunday morning.
The storm will also bring winds of 120 mph to 145 mph.
This is not the first time the Keys have experienced severe storms.
In 2015, a storm dumped more than 3 feet of rain in the Keys and forced more than 300,000 people to evacuate.
This storm will be worse than previous storms.
The Atlantic storm season is typically a bit shorter and we are in a milder part of the hurricane season, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
However, Matthew is expected to be stronger and potentially produce sustained rainfall as it approaches Florida, the National Hurricane Centers National Forecast Center said.
Matthew is forecast to bring winds to 100 to 130 mph.
The forecast also suggests that the region could see more storm surges.
In the next 24 hours, Matthew will likely increase the area of storm surge by 20 to 30 feet, Kowalis said.
The storm is expected in the Gulf of Mexico between 10 p.m. and midnight Sunday, according the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
The National Weather Center says Matthew is a very unstable storm, with some storm surges in excess of 100 feet.
If Matthew hits the Keys, it could be a dangerous situation.
“It is a significant threat for the coast of Florida, as we don’t know the storm’s path,” Kawalksia said.
This isn’t the first storm to hit Florida, but it’s the first in the state since the storm hit in December.
The first wave of the storm on Wednesday, December 29, caused $250 million worth of damage to the Keys National Forest and the surrounding area.
That storm also caused major flooding in Florida.
The weather agency warned that Matthew could be stronger in the next few days.
If you live in the area and would like to stay safe during the storm, here are some tips:Get out of your home early, get off the road and wear sturdy shoes and boots.
Stay in your car or vehicle until you know that it’s safe to leave.
Take extra precautions in case of a power outage, including shutting off appliances, locking doors, not opening windows, not putting on clothing, not using personal protective equipment, and not using cell phones.
If you have to leave your home, get it out of the way as quickly as possible.
Avoid public transit and drive to a safe location.
Be prepared if you’re going to go camping, especially if you plan on staying in a campground.
Stay out of high water.
It is possible that you could see higher water levels than normal in the coming days.
Make sure you are prepared and are aware of the danger of high-water conditions.
In the meantime, it’s important to keep your business in the best possible shape.
If a business is closing down, make sure that it stays open and that all of the employees stay in the right place at the right time, Kowealski said.
If your business is still operating, contact the business to let them know that you’re still open.
If they can help, contact your insurance company.
If you’re a tourist or have been to the area before, make your way to a designated evacuation area, Kowaas said.
Stay there for up to 72 hours.
The Florida Keys have an extensive emergency preparedness plan and can send out an advisory to visitors to stay away from areas that are impacted.
The Florida Keys Department of Environmental Protection (DFEP) has launched a website to help you and your business plan for any potential problems.
The website is accessible at www.floridadesdep.org.
The DFEP website has a number of resources to help businesses and visitors prepare for any storm.
To stay up-to-date on the storm and its impact, the Florida Department of Transportation has set up a Twitter account to help with information.