Hurricane Matthew: 11pm Friday Update

Matthew now a CATEGORY 5 hurricane.

At 11pm, the eye of Hurricane Matthew was about 80 miles northwest of Punta Gallinas Columbia, latitude 13.3 north, longitude 72.3 west.  Matthew is moving just south of due west near 7 mph.  A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Saturday, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Sunday.

On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move north of the Guajira Peninsula tonight, move across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be approaching Jamaica late Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph with higher gusts.  Matthew is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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