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Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Matthew makes turn to north

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Hurricane Matthew is now moving again, beginning to make its turn to the north-northwest in the Sunday morning advisory.

Winds remain peaking at 150 mph with higher gusts.

Florida now out of the error cone for now --- as the new track shifts slightly east on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located at 13.8 North, longitude 73.9 West. Matthew began to move toward the north-northwest at 6 mph

Forecasters say, this general motion is expected to continue on Sunday, followed by a turn toward the north on Monday.

The eye of Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday.

Matthew will likely pass between Jamaica and Haiti Monday, then move inland over eastern Cuba on Tuesday.

Tuesday into Wednesday, it will emerge in the central Bahamas, where it is unclear "exactly" where it will go after that.

The storm may turn closer to Florida Thursday, or continue moving further away, out to sea. More and more weather models have been trending east, but these shifts back and forth are likely to occur. Keep an eye on if this eastward trend will continue..

The most likely scenario is for a due north track about 275 miles to the east of West Palm Beach-- Wednesday to Thursday. In that scenario, it would give us very rough ocean conditions, a gusty breeze between 20-45 mph, and possibly squalls of rain showers.

At this time, there is no need for immediate action. However, we ask that you continue to monitor our forecasts and weather reports because details may change in the coming days. We have sources for you such as our Hurricane Tracker and Guide, where you can find more information.

At this time, it is a good idea to check your hurricane plan and kit to make sure you are prepared should a storm near our region. Preparedness is always the best measure to protect yourself against pending storms.

You can double check your plan using the CBS12 hurricane guide.

Track Matthew using CBS12 Hurricane tracker here.


2AM ADVISORY | Sunday

...POWERFUL MATTHEW MOVING SLOWLY NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD...

SUMMARY OF 200 AM EDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...13.8N 73.9W

ABOUT 350 MI...560 KM SSW OF PORT AU PRINCE HAITI

ABOUT 350 MI...560 KM SE OF KINGSTON JAMAICA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...150 MPH...240 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...940 MB...27.76 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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The government of the Dominican Republic has issued a Tropical

Storm Warning for the south coast of the Dominican Republic from

Barahona westward to the border with Haiti.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* Jamaica

* Haiti from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to

Le Mole St. Nicholas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Dominican Republic from Barahona westward to the border with Haiti

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At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Hurricane Matthew was

located near latitude 13.8 North, longitude 73.9 West. Matthew is

moving toward the north-northwest at 6 mph (9 km/h). This general

motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the

north on Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will

approach southwestern Haiti and Jamaica on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 150 mph (240 km/h) 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 Monday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from

the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205

miles (335 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 940 mb (27.76 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the warning area

in Jamaica and Haiti on Monday. Tropical storm conditions are

expected to first reach these areas by this evening, making outside

preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life

and property should be rushed to completion. Tropical storm

conditions are expected along the southern coast of the Dominican

Republic within the warning area by this evening.

Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch areas by

Monday night or Tuesday morning, with tropical storm conditions

possible by Monday. Tropical storm conditions are also possible in

the tropical storm watch area in the Dominican Republic by late

Monday.

RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of

15 to 25 inches over southern Haiti, with possible isolated maximum

amounts of 40 inches. Matthew is expected to produce total rain

accumulations of 10 to 20 inches over eastern Jamaica, the Dominican

Republic and eastern Cuba, with possible isolated maximum amounts

of 25 inches. This rainfall will produce life-threatening flash

floods and mud slides.

Matthew is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 1 to

2 inches over Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire through today. Matthew is

expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over

northern Colombia, northwest Venezuela, and western Jamaica, with

possible isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large

and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as the

following amounts above normal tide levels...

Southern Coast of Cuba east of Cabo Cruz...7 to 11 feet

South Coast of Haiti...6 to 9 feet

Northern Coast of Cuba east of Camaguey...4 to 6 feet

Jamaica...3 to 5 feet

Gulf of Gonave in Haiti...3 to 5 feet

Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge

and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.

Large waves generated by Matthew will cause water rises to occur

well in advance of and well away from the track of the center.

SURF: Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect portions

of the coasts of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Aruba, Bonaire,

Curacao, Venezuela, Colombia, eastern Cuba, and the Caribbean

coastline of Central America during the next few days. These swells

are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current

conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.

Forecaster Brown/Berg

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