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Tropical Storm Matthew forms, may become major hurricane

In an intermediate advisory issued at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the NHC reported that tropical storm conditions were spreading across portions of the Lesser Antilles as Matthew continues on a westerly track at about 20 mph.

The storm is 25 miles off St. Lucia, with maximum sustained winds at 2:00 p.m. of 60 mph (95 kilometers/hour), with a minimum central pressure of 1008 mb (29.77 inches). Matthew should move away from the Windward Islands through this evening, taking it over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea by Friday.

The westward movement over the next few days will take the tropical storm over some very warm ocean waters, and if a lot of wind shear is not encountered the storm will strengthen. T.S. Matthew is expected to turn into a major hurricane by Friday.

Information on T.S. Matthew as of 2:00 p.m. Wednesday  Sept. 28  2016.

Information on T.S. Matthew as of 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.
National Hurricane Center

Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of four to eight inches across the Windward Islands and southern portions of the Leeward Islands through Thursday. The heavy rains may produce flash flooding and mudslides.

The NHC is forecasting that the present path of the storm will bring it close to Jamaica as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of over 100 mph by Monday.

Weather models show Matthew taking a northward or northwestward turn late this weekend, raising the possibility that the Gulf coast and the east coast of the U.S. may be potential targets next week. The next update from the NHC will be issued at 8:00 p.m. Digital Journal will keep you posted on Matthew’s movements.

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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