Major impacts from Hurricane Matthew appear to be decreasing with each forecast, as the National Hurricane Center continues to update its predictions for the storm.

*Note - New Bern's annual MumFest has been cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew.

Major impacts from Hurricane Matthew appear to be decreasing with each forecast, as the National Hurricane Center continues to update its predictions for the storm.
Matthew, which was predicted to make landfall along the North Carolina coast earlier in the week, is now expected to curve east out to sea south of the state.
“As it’s looking now, it’s a much improved situation than yesterday,” Rich Bandy, with the National Weather Service in Newport, said Wednesday morning. “We’re very hopeful that this trend holds.”
Rain, some tropical storm force winds of at least 39 mph, coastal flooding and beach erosion now appear to be the biggest impacts from the storm, he said.
A coastal flood advisory was issued for the area as northeasterly winds are increasing water levels from 2 to 4 feet in the Neuse River. The ferry between Cherry Branch and Minnesott Beach ceased operations Tuesday because of the high water levels.
Rain chances are expected to increase Thursday night into Friday, with tropical storm conditions possible in the area late Saturday into early Sunday when the storm is expected to make its closest approach to the coast. Though the storm center is expected to stay well off the southeast coast of the state, some storm effects are possible, Bandy said.
Bandy said he had “moderate confidence” that the storm would stay off the coast, but he warned residents not to let their guards down as any shift west could bring more rain and wind to the area.
“Even if the track stays as it is, we’re still going to feel some impacts,” he said.
He said tropical storm force winds may be possible along the coast, possibly up to 50 mph. He said heavy rainfall is possible, perhaps as much as 2 to 5 inches, which could cause minor flooding problems because of already-saturated ground. Minor river and creek flooding is possible.
The risk of tornadoes has diminished greatly, Bandy said.