After becoming a Category 5 hurricane last night, Hurricane Matthew has weakened slightly to a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 km/h) with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through that time.
A Hurricane Watch continues for Jamaica, a Tropical Storm Warning from the Colombia/Venezuela border to Riohacha and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for.Haiti from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to Port-Au-Prince. Interests elsewhere along the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia, elsewhere in Hispaniola, and in eastern Cuba, should also monitor the progress of Matthew.
Matthew is centered at 5 a.m. EDT about 420 miles (675 km) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move away from the Guajira Peninsula this morning, move across the central Caribbean Sea today, and be approaching Jamaica late Sunday. It is important to remind users that average NHC track forecast errors are around 175 miles at day 4 and 230 miles at day 5. Therefore, it is too soon to rule out possible hurricane impacts from Matthew in Florida.
Get the latest on Matthew by going directly to the NHC website at http://www.hurricanes.gov