Hurricane Matthew continues its march through the Caribbean and is getting ready to clobber the beautiful island nation of the Bahamas.
At 11:00 AM, the eye of the hurricane was located about 55 miles north-northeast of Cabo Lucrecia, Cuba or about 105 miles south of Long Island, Bahamas.
The storm is moving off to the northwest and will continue to do so over the next 48 hours. That brings the storm across the Bahamas right through Thursday and then very near the east coast of Florida by Thursday night.
Maximum sustained winds with Matthew are near 120 mph with higher gusts making it a strong Category 3 hurricane. Some strengthening is forecast over the next couple of days, so Matthew will likely retain its status as a Category 3 or grow stronger over the next two days while it moves through the Bahamas and makes a dangerous pass at Florida.
New data from computer models suggests more uncertainty as to whether or not Matthew will actually make a U.S. landfall. However, because of the size of the storm and the bands of rain associated with it, hurricane conditions are expected to reach Florida by late Thursday with tropical storm conditions likely by early Thursday.
Stay tuned to News 8 for the very latest on Matthew’s track.