Hurricane Matthew continues churning in the central Caribbean Sea… only moving 5 mph toward the northwest.
It has not made landfall yet… but when it does… it will likely bring with it powerful winds and incredible amounts of rain to portions of Haiti and Cuba… with Jamaica in its grips as well.
As of 5 pm… Matthew was 270 miles south/southeast of Kingston in Jamaica with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.
A turn to the north is expected tonight. On the forecast track… the center of Matthew will approach southwestern Haiti and Jamaica Monday.
Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days… but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane into Tuesday.
The storm is forecast to hit Haiti and Jamaica on Monday as a major category 3 hurricane. Hurricane force winds and rainfall accumulation near 10-20 inches, but some areas could see close to 40 inches of rain before the storm moves out. This type of rain can produce life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides. Dangerous storm surges and very large waves will also be an issue for the islands.
After the storm moves out of Cuba and towards the Bahamas, the future path and strength of Matthew becomes more uncertain.
The cone of uncertainty gets even larger as we get into late next week. Here is a look at some of the different forecast models and their tracks.
Even if the storm stays in the Atlantic ocean the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry could see a few impacts. Local Impacts mid to late next week include:
- Large swell and dangerous/high surf
- Deadly rip currents
- Beach erosion
- Gusty coastal winds
Stay tuned to WSAV… wsav.com and Storm Team 3 for the latest updates on Matthew.