Hurricane Matthew: A dangerous and powerful Cat 4 storm

Hurricane Matthew now a cat 5 storm

After the National Hurricane Center upgraded Hurricane Matthew to a Category 5 storm late Friday night, the storm has weakened slightly back to a strong Category 4.

The current forecast has Matthew taking a turn to the northwest over the weekend and then to pass through Jamaica and Cuba as a category three hurricane with winds stronger that 115 mph into the beginning of next week.'

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Jamaica.

After that, the track of the system is very uncertain. It's too early to say if the storm will have a direct impact on the United States, but if it does, it could be a strong hurricane. Anyone from Florida northward along the East Coast, should monitor Matthew's progress closely.

Governor Scott said, “With Hurricane Matthew now being upgraded to a major category four hurricane, we all must remain vigilant and be prepared for any impacts this storm may have on our state. While the National Hurricane Center’s current forecast predicts Matthew traveling east of Florida, we all know that the track of these storms can quickly change which is why it is imperative that all Floridians and visitors continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and make sure to have a plan in place in the event of severe weather. If you don’t have a plan, please visit FLGetAPlan.com so that you and your family can get prepared.


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