Hurricane Matthew moving toward eastern Cuba, then Bahamas and the U.S.

Hurricane Matthew is moving toward eastern Cuba.

Matthew is centered about 30 miles SSW of eastern tip of Cuba and 65 miles ESE of Guantanamo, Cuba, and is moving north at 9 mph. On this track the eye of Matthew will move over the extreme portion of eastern Cuba this evening.

A turn toward the NNW is expected by Wednesday, followed by a NW turn Wednesday night. Matthew is expected to move near or over portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas tonight and Wednesday, and approach the northwestern Bahamas Wednesday night.

Matthew will approach the Atlantic coast of Florida on Thursday then move up the East Coast Friday and through the weekend.




Maximum sustained winds remain near 140 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through at least Thursday night.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.

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