MIAMI, Florida - NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida has issued a Public Advisory at 8 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 30, 2016, due to the presence of Category 2 Hurricane Matthew over the Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane Matthew Projected Path
Hurricane Matthew is located about 520 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and is moving to the west-southwest at 14 miles per hour.
NHC forecasters believe that Matthew will make a turn to the northwest on Saturday night or early Sunday and near Cuba by Monday. Matthew is then projected to pass over eastern Cuba on Tuesday and The Bahamas on Wednesday.
Hurricane Matthew Strength
Hurricane Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 km/h), with higher gusts. NHC forecasters say that continued strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours, and Matthew could become a major hurricane by tonight.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center of the tropical cyclone and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).
Hurricane Matthew Computer Models
Computer models are in general agreement that Hurricane Matthew will continue on a westerly projected path through Sunday before making a northerly turn. After Sunday, spaghetti models agree that Matthew will travel parallel to the east coast of Florida.
Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Aruba, and from the Colombia/Venezuela border to Riohacha. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within the next 24-36 hours.
Interests elsewhere along the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia should monitor the progress of Matthew. Interests in Jamaica, Hispaniola, and eastern Cuba should also monitor the progress of Matthew. A hurricane watch may be required for Jamaica later today.