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Keeping a watchful eye on Matthew

All eyes have been on Matthew, a major hurricane that has been churning in the southern Caribbean for the past several days, slowly making its way toward Haiti, Cuba and now the East Coast of the United States.

Though the storm may not move as close to this area as previously anticipated, local officials are still keeping a close watch on where it could still go.

Though forecast models from the National Hurricane Center on Monday had Matthew passing extremely close to our area, the latest 8 a.m. Wednesday advisory showed Matthew staying hundreds of miles south of Hampton Roads. However, forecasters warn residents its path could change.

Gloucester’s emergency management director Ashley Chriscoe said during Tuesday night’s board of supervisors meeting that he and other county officials were actively watching Matthew. “We have been on conference calls today and will be keeping close tabs on the storm the rest of the week.”

He said county officials will keep the...

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