Hurricane Matthew: What to expect in Boca Raton in the next 36 hours

matthew-2am-thursdayAs Hurricane Matthew makes its way to Florida, here’s what Boca Raton residents need to know.

Projected wind speeds, which the National Weather Service is updating every hour:

    • Noon: sustained 31 mph, gusts to 44 mph
    • 9 p.m.: sustained 59 mph, gusts to 76
    • Midnight: sustained 60 mph, gusts to 78 mph
    • 1 a.m. Friday: sustained 55 mph, gusts to 74 mph
    • 6 a.m.: sustained 37 mph, gusts to 52 mph
    • Noon: 31 mph, gusts to 44 mph
    • 5 p.m.: 21 mph, gusts to 29 mph

Need last-minute supplies? All Publix stores east of Interstate 95 are open until noon. All stores west of I-95 are open until 2 p.m.

Where to seek shelter, if needed: West Boca Raton High, at 12811 Glades Rd, has room for up to 3,500, and had only about 100 people inside at 11 a.m. Residents are asked to bring sleeping material, like blankets and mattresses. Food and water is provided.

Concerned about evacuation zones? Visit Palm Beach County’s evacuation zone map.

For hurricane updates: The Palm Beach Post has reporters, editors and photographers working all day and night covering the storm. Follow weather reporter Kimberly Miller’s blog for the latest on the hurricane. Follow Lulu Ramadan on Facebook and Twitter.

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