Matthew now a Category 5
Jamaica remains on watch for Hurricane Matthew, which has strengthened to a Category 5.
At 2AM Saturday, the centre of the powerful system was located near 13.3 degrees north (72.5 degrees west), which is about
430 miles (690 kilometres) south east of Kingston, Jamaica.
Matthew is packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour (260 kilometres per hour) and is presently moving west at seven miles per hour (11 kilometres per hour) on a track that takes it to Jamaica by Sunday.
Following is the latest from the National Hurricane Centre in Miami :
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Colombia/Venezuela border to Riohacha
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Haiti from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before
the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds,
conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case in the
next 12 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Interests elsewhere along the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia and
elsewhere in Hispaniola should monitor the progress of Matthew.
Interests in eastern Cuba should also monitor the progress of
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located
near latitude 13.3 North, longitude 72.5 West. Matthew is moving
just south of due west near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn toward the
west-northwest is forecast on Saturday, followed by a turn toward
the northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of
Matthew will move away from the Guajira Peninsula tonight, move
across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be approaching
Jamaica late Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher
gusts. Matthew is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible
this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from
the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205
miles (335 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 941 mb (27.79 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue in
portions of the warning area in Colombia for the remainder of
tonight. Hurricane conditions are possible on Jamaica on Monday,
with tropical storm conditions possible by late Sunday. Tropical
storm conditions are possible in the watch area in Haiti by late
RAINFALL: Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher
amounts are expected over Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao through
today. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher
amounts are expected along the coast of Colombia from the Venezuelan
border to Riohacha. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches with isolated
higher amounts are expected along the coast of Venezuela from Coro
to the Colombian border.
Rainfall totals of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of
25 inches are expected across Jamaica and southern and southwestern
Haiti. These rains may produce life-threatening flash flooding and
SURF: Swells generated by Matthew are expected to affect portions
of the coasts of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao, Venezuela, and Colombia during the next few days. These
swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.