Hurricane Matthew a major threat to Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba

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By: Associated Press
October 3, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Hurricane Matthew is slowly churning northward across the Caribbean and meteorologists say the powerful storm is expected to approach Jamaica and southwest Haiti by Monday night.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the dangerous Category 4 storm has top sustained winds near 130 mph.

A 2 a.m. hurricane center update said the eye of Matthew is about 310 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, and about 245 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. The storm is moving to the north at 5 mph.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Jamaica, Haiti, and the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Granma and Las Tunas -- as well as the southeastern Bahamas. A hurricane watch is in effect for the Cuban province of Camaguey, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Central Bahamas.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Barahona westward to the border with Haiti and a tropical storm watch is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Puerto Plata west to the border with Haiti.


By: Associated Press
September 30, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Matthew has become a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest in the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Matthew is packing top sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph) after gaining new strength Friday. The storm is about 80 miles (125 kilometers) northwest of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and about 440 miles (710 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

The center says that as of 11 p.m. Friday, the storm is moving west at 7 mph (11 kph).

Forecasters say they expect Matthew to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday, when it is on track to approach Jamaica. Tropical storm conditions are possible there late Sunday and hurricane conditions possible Monday.


By: Associated Press
September 30, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say hurricane hunters are finding Hurricane Matthew extremely dangerous, with 150 mph (242 kph) winds.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Category 4 hurricane is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north-northwest of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and about 440 miles (710 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. The storm is moving west-southwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

In addition to a hurricane watch for Jamaica, authorities also issued a tropical storm watch for the southwestern coast of Haiti. The tropical storm watch is in effect from Haiti's southern border with the Dominican Republic to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. A tropical storm warning remains in effect along the coast from the Colombia-Venezuela border to Riohacha.

Forecasters say Matthew is expected to turn toward the west-northwest by Saturday night and then toward the northwest on Sunday. The center says the storm's expected path over the central Caribbean is forecast to bring Matthew near Jamaica on Sunday.


By: Associated Press
September 30, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Matthew has rapidly strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm, and a hurricane watch has now been issued for Jamaica.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Matthew is packing top sustained winds of 140 mph (220 kph) after gaining new strength Friday over the central Caribbean. The storm is located about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and about 465 miles (750 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

The center says that as of 5 p.m. Friday, the storm is moving west-southwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

In addition to a hurricane watch for Jamaica, authorities also issued a tropical storm watch for the southwestern coast of Haiti. The tropical storm watch is in effect from Haiti's southern border with the Dominican Republic to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. A tropical storm warning remains in effect along the coast from the Colombia-Venezuela border to Riohacha.

Forecasters say Matthew is expected to turn toward the west-northwest by Saturday night and then toward the northwest on Sunday. The center says the storm's expected path over the central Caribbean is forecast to bring Matthew near Jamaica on Sunday.


By: Associated Press
September 30, 2016

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Forecasters in Miami say Matthew has strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane in the Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center says Matthew now has top sustained winds of 115 mph and is now centered about 105 miles northeast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia. It says the storm is also about 495 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and moving west-southwest at 12 mph.

The center says the Colombian government has imposed a tropical storm warning on a wide stretch of coast from near the Colombia-Venezuela border to Riohacha. Forecasters say people along the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and Colombia should watch the progress of Matthew, along with others in Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba.

The National Hurricane Center also says a hurricane watch may be required for Jamaica later in the day.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 30, 2016

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it moves through a part of the Caribbean that rarely sees such storms.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Friday have increased to near 100 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is forecast and Matthew could become a major hurricane later in the day or Friday night.

Matthew is centered about 125 miles north of Curacao and 565 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and is moving west near 14 mph.

On its current projected path, Matthew is not expected to have an impact on the Florida panhandle in terms of severe weather.


By: Associated Press
September 29, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters in Miami say new Hurricane Matthew is heading toward the central Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is packing top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) as of late Thursday afternoon. It is currently about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north-northeast of the island of Curacao and heading west at 17 mph (28 kph).

The center said Matthew is expected to strengthening gradually over the next 48 hours with some decrease in forward speed.

Colombia's government recently issued a tropical storm watch for its Caribbean coast from its border with Venezuela to Riohacha. A tropical storm watch also is in effect for the islands of Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba.

In addition to Caribbean coastal dwellers in Venezuela and Colombia, the hurricane center said, people in Jamaica, eastern Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic should be watching the progress of the storm.


By: Associated Press
September 29, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters in Miami say Matthew has strengthened into a hurricane as the storm continues its westward trek across the eastern Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center said Matthew, previously a tropical storm, now has top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) as of Thursday afternoon. It is moving westward at 17 mph (28 kph) and is centered about 190 miles (300 kilometers) northeast of the island of Curacao.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Curacao and the islands of Bonaire and Aruba. Forecasters say people along the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia should be among those who are watching the progress of the storm.


By: Associated Press
September 29, 2016

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- The southern Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are bracing for a rare brush with a tropical storm.

People across the three Dutch Caribbean islands were stocking up on fuel and other emergency supplies Thursday as Tropical Storm Matthew approached. Weather authorities say the storm is likely to become a hurricane and pass north of the islands.

The so-called "ABC Islands" of the Southern Caribbean are outside of the hurricane belt and rarely get a direct hit from a storm. Aruba's weather service said the storm is expected to pass about 125 miles (200 kilometers) to the north.

Matthew passed over the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday, causing at least one death. Officials in St. Vincent say a 16-year-old boy died there as he tried to clear a blocked drain.



 
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