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UPDATE-Matthew likely to become a hurricane

As Tropical Storm Matthew moves away from Barbados, forecasters are warning that it could develop into a full-blown hurricane within the next 24 to 48 hours.

“Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Matthew is forecast to become a hurricane by Thursday night or Friday,” warned officials at the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami who also reported that “tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km), primarily to the north and east of the centre of the developing system.


At 11PM, Matthew was located near 13.9 degrees north (63.1 degrees west) or about 370 miles (595 Kilometres) south-south-east of San Juan Puerto Rico.

The storm is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) and is moving west at 15 miles per hour (24 kilometres per hour).

And while Barbados has discontinued its warning, a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba, which means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 36 to 48 hours. Forecasters at the NHC are also advising “interests along the coast of Venezuela and Colombia should monitor the progress of Matthew.

Following is the remainder of the latest bulletin issued by the NHC tonight:


At 11 PM AST (0300 UTC), the centre of Tropical Storm Matthew was located by a reconnaissance plane near latitude 13.9 North, longitude 63.1 West. Matthew is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the centre of Matthew will continue to move away from the Windward Islands tonight, and be over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Matthew is forecast to become a hurricane by Thursday night or Friday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km) primarily to the north and east of the centre. The estimated minimum central pressure measured by an Air Force reconnaissance plane was 1004 mb (29.65 inches).



Tropical storm conditions will continue through this evening over the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands within the warning area. These condition should begin to subside during the next several hours. Tropical storm conditions are possible in Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba beginning late Thursday. RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches across the Windward Islands and southern portions of the Leeward Islands through Thursday. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected farther to the north into the northern Leeward Islands, including the United States and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected over Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao through Friday.”

13 Responses to UPDATE-Matthew likely to become a hurricane

  1. Mario Jones
    Mario Jones September 29, 2016 at 12:08 am

    so wait I taught it pass

    • Ashanti Padilla
      Ashanti Padilla September 29, 2016 at 12:22 am

      Did you bother to read the article?

    • Mario Jones
      Mario Jones September 29, 2016 at 12:24 am

      no i didnt feel like reading it problem ?

    • Goody Smarts
      Goody Smarts September 29, 2016 at 12:25 am

      dumb question.

    • Mario Jones
      Mario Jones September 29, 2016 at 12:26 am

      I can say what I want seen like u mad bro lmao

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John September 29, 2016 at 12:46 am

      Ashanti Padilla the ignorance some people spew on these forums is amazing, isn’t it?

    • harry turnover September 29, 2016 at 6:16 am

      That is ONLY the centre mate.A storm is akin to a circle….just picture a circle with a centre and you would see.

  2. jrsmith September 29, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Everything in Barbados is always at risk of failure because of our politicians and the people who suppose to be the management seems not to care , seems not to be management material and is untrust- worthy…its always the we are alright jack brigade , ..

    • harry turnover September 29, 2016 at 6:20 am

      ……and what is the point you are trying to make ? you need to state it and stop keeping it bottled up.

  3. Francis September 29, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Come on jrsmith!!
    Everything is not politics so chill!!
    Get a life
    Let it go!!

  4. Farmerfitch September 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

    This indeed was a very large storm 185 miles from the eye no wonder we felt the effect so long after,I think the powers that be should give us a bit more information thus educating us in the process so intelligent persons can make “wise” decisions

  5. BoboTheClown September 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Giving a fool advice is like hitting the air with a stick. There isn’t an impact.
    We seem to be blessed by an abundance of fools in our midst(like a few of the above names).
    Wise men don’t need advice ,and fools never take it.

    • Coralita September 29, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Don’t matter how much advice or information the MET Office gave, it would have never been enough for some ingrunt people.

      Bajans are too darn last minute and then they love to blame everyone else except themselves for their lack.

      From the time that system formed we were being told about it and updated all the way. It was not the fault of the MET Office that the system slowed and became more organised and changed direction a bit. They have no control over nature.

      Early yesterday they said we would feel the full brunt around noon and sure said it started to batter Barbados around noon.

      Kudos MET Office for a job well done!!!


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