Cat 4 Hurricane Matthew & Tropical Storm Nichole: THE FUJIWHARA EFFECT

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    Oct 04, 2016 2:14 PM GMT
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    Oct 04, 2016 2:17 PM GMT most powerful Atlantic tropical storm in almost a decade made landfall early Tuesday in Haiti, where it could deliver yet another devastating humanitarian disaster to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

    As of 8 a.m. ET, Hurricane Matthew was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It hit Haiti just after 7 a.m., the Weather Channel reported.

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    Oct 06, 2016 12:51 AM GMT forecast tracks for Hurricane Matthew show the possibility for a brief Florida landfall within the next two days....

    Once the hurricane makes it past Florida is when it gets interesting.

    In the past day, Tropical Storm Nicole quietly formed in the Atlantic to the northeast of Matthew, and this new storm could alter Matthew's course for the worse.

    Initially, every forecast model was expecting Matthew to ride up the East Coast and eventually go out to the Atlantic, but now the two tropical systems could interact with one another in something called the Fujiwhara Effect.

    This means instead of heading up the East Coast, Matthew could turn around and head back toward Florida, possibly even making a second landfall!

    This possibility is still nearly a week out and highly speculative, but some forecast models are beginning to show this while others simply show Matthew making a loop before heading farther into the Atlantic.

    It wouldn't be the first time something like this has happened, either. Hurricane Ivan in 2004 has already shown a similar path to that of Matthew.