There’s a monster in the Caribbean and its name is “Matthew.”
At 11:00 AM, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida released its latest advisory on Matthew. The data that was collected by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated maximum sustained winds in a storm of 115 mph. Some gusts within the strongest part of the circulation exceeded 130 mph!
According to the National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Analysis and Forecast branch, Matthew is already generating wave heights of 12 feet in the Caribbean with some peak wave heights to 35 ft! That’s not exactly what you would call a “day at the beach.”
The storm is forecast to move to the west and slow down a bit. That will be followed by a turn to the west northwest Saturday night and then a northwest shift by early Sunday. By Monday, the storm may potentially threaten Jamaica retaining its strength as a major hurricane of at least Category 3 intensity.
The very warm waters of the Caribbean are helping to fuel the storm’s strength. With little change in intensity forecast over the next 48 hours, there’s no question that this storm will be a force to be reckoned with in the hours and days to come generating national headlines as it makes its way through the Caribbean and then likely the Bahamas early next week
Great uncertainty remains as to where the storm goes from Jamaica, but right now all indications suggest that interests from Cuba to the Bahamas and even the eastern seaboard of the Untied States will need to keep a close eye on the track of this major hurricane over the course of the next several days.
Stay tuned to News 8 for the latest on Hurricane Matthew.