Update: Jamaica remains on high alert as Hurricane Matthew shifts slightly
Forecasters warn that the powerful Hurricane Matthew continues to crawl in a northwesterly direction on a path that will take its centre further east away from Jamaica than was originally projected.
However, a hurricane warning remains in effect for Jamaica.
In the 11:00 a.m. bulletin issued by the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), the centre of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 14.0 degrees north, longitude 74.6 degrees west.
Matthew is drifting towards the west near three miles per hour. A turn toward the northwest is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the north tonight.
The NHC said hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km).
Heavy rainfall is expected to start affecting Jamaica from midday.