FLORIDA, United States, Wednesday September 28, 2016 – The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami has confirmed that the system moving through the Windward Islands is now Tropical Storm Matthew.
It will post its first advisory on the storm soon.
NHC will be initiating advisories on Tropical Storm Matthew, currently moving through the Windward Islands, at 11 AM EDT.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 28, 2016
Hurricane Hunter aircraft has found a closed circulation in Invest 97L and will begin advisories on Tropical Storm Matthew. pic.twitter.com/sSa6ANSVoz
— Jim Weber, FOX13 ☀️ (@JimWeberFOX) September 28, 2016
In its last advisory at 8 a.m., the NHC said an initial report from the Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft which was investigating the system, had indicated that the wave was producing winds of 40 to 45 mph, but the aircraft still had to determine whether a tropical storm had formed.
But at the time, satellite and surface observations had already suggested that the circulation associated with the system had become better defined.
The system started to affect Barbados throughout the course of last night as a tropical wave, with some widely scattered light to moderate showers and occasional gusty winds.
Tropical Storm Matthew raging at Needham’s Point, Barbados in mandatory national shut down pic.twitter.com/spIQBgxTYm
— Lindsey Craig (@lcraigx) September 28, 2016
Conditions are expected to further deteriorate during the morning, with some pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds.