Now We Can Call That System Tropical Storm Matthew


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.

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.

Conditions are expected to further deteriorate during the morning, with some pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds.

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