The National Weather Service says the latest forecast for Hurricane Matthew has it traveling east of New England with little, if any, rain this weekend.
Meteorologist Margaret Curtis says the projected track has changed in the last 24 hours, with the most likely scenario sending the storm and rain offshore.
The region can use some rain, with extreme drought conditions in parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
The National Hurricane Center has extended the hurricane warning northward in Florida as Matthew heads toward the East Coast. The storm was pounding the Bahamas on Wednesday, a day after sweeping across a remote part of Haiti.