FLORIDA, United States, Thursday September 29, 2016 – After just over 24 hours as a storm, Matthew has been upgraded to a hurricane.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said at 2 p.m. that Hurricane Matthew had achieved maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.
Hurricane Matthew is on its way west through the Caribbean, soon to take a near-90-degree northward turn where its eye could encounter the eastern edge of Cuba and its bands might sweep over Haiti.
Hurricane Matthew was 190 miles northeast of Curacao and moving toward the west near 17 mph.
A tropical storm watch continues for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao which are expected to start experiencing tropical storm conditions later today.
Forecasters say Matthew should make a northwest or northward turn in the Caribbean Sea sometime this weekend.
While there is still some uncertainty, the Weather Channel said impacts could begin in Jamaica and Hispañola – particularly Haiti – as soon as Sunday night, and in eastern Cuba next Monday.
Beyond that, Matthew is likely to begin impacting parts of the central or southeast Bahamas by Tuesday.