Thursday, October 6, 2016

5am UPDATE: Matthew strengthens in Bahamas, remains CAT3 storm.


DOWNTOWN NASSAU. -Chris Saunders

At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Matthew was
located near latitude 24.2 North, longitude 77.1 West. Matthew is
moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue today.  A turn toward the
north-northwest is expected tonight.  On the forecast track, the eye
of Matthew should pass near Andros Island and New Providence in the
northwestern Bahamas early this morning, then pass near Grand Bahama
Island late today, and move very close to the east coast of the
Florida peninsula tonight through Friday night.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft
indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near
125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts.  Matthew is a category 3
hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional
strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Matthew is
forecast to be a category 4 hurricane as it approaches the east
coast of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles
(260 km).

The latest minimum central pressure estimated from reconnaissance
aircraft data is 944 mb (27.88 inches).

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Southeastern Bahamas, including the Inaguas, Mayaguana, Acklins,
Crooked Island, Long Cay, and Ragged Island
* Central Bahamas, including Long Island, Exuma, Rum Cay,
San Salvador, and Cat Island
* Northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island,
Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and
New Providence
* North of Golden Beach Florida to Altamaha Sound Georgia
* Lake Okeechobee

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* North of Altamaha Sound to South Santee River South Carolina

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Chokoloskee to Golden Beach
* Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge eastward
* Florida Bay

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* North of Chokoloskee to Suwannee River

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area.  Preparations to protect life
and property should be rushed to completion.

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

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area.

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