FLORIDA, United States, Friday September 30, 2016 – Hurricane Matthew is now a major hurricane – a Category 3 one, to be precise, with 115 mile-per-hour winds.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said a hurricane watch may be required for Jamaica later today. The hurricane will likely reach the island between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to forecasters.
According to the NHC’s 11 a.m. advisory, Matthew is not expected to get much stronger over the next two days as it moves over the Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane Matthew was 495 miles southeast of Kingston and moving toward the west–southwest near 12 miles per hour.
“A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast by Saturday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest by early Sunday. On the forecast track, the centre of Matthew will pass north of the Guajira Peninsula later today and tonight and remain over the central Caribbean Sea through early Sunday,” the NHC said.
Interests in Jamaica, Hispaniola, and eastern Cuba have been advised to monitor Matthew’s progress.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for portions of the coast of Colombia.