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article imageTropical Storm Matthew threatens Caribbean through the weekend

By Karen Graham     Sep 28, 2016 in Environment
Tropical Storm Matthew is gaining strength as its continues on its track west into the warm waters of the Caribbean. As of 8:00 p.m., Matthew was located about 90 miles west of St. Lucia and had slowed to about 15 mph.
The 8:00 p.m. advisory from the NHC showed the tropical storm's minimum central pressure had fallen to 1004 mb (29.65 inches). Aeriel reconnaissance data also indicated that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts.
The forecast is for Tropical Storm Matthew to become a hurricane by Friday, according to the NHC. Right now, tropical storm-force winds are extending outward from the storm's center up to 205 miles (335 km), primarily to the northeast of the center. Wind gusts of up to 89 mph (143 km/h) have been reported in St. Pierre, Martinique within the past few hours.
The stronger winds blowing on the storm's northeast side could spell trouble for Haiti as the storm continues to roll west. Haiti has already been hit with devastating flooding this past February when at least one person was killed and 10,000 homes were damaged. Four people are still missing, reports the Miami herald.
NHC 8:00 p.m. advisory.
NHC 8:00 p.m. advisory.
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The computer models are now showing a little bit clearer picture of where Matthew might end of going later this weekend. The models show Matthew continuing on a westward track for the next two or three days, and then the storm will turn to the north when it nears the edge of the steering ridge.
Where this turn will take place will depend a lot on the storm's intensity, and forecasters are warning this can be off by as much as 240 miles when we're looking ahead four or five days.
AccuWeather is reporting that there are two remote possibilities with Matthews future path to consider. One possibility is that Matthew will continue on a westward path into Central America, or Matthew could make a very abrupt turn to the northeast, keeping the storm east of the U.S. next week.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for Guadeloupe and Martinique, St. Lucia, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands. A watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
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