Matthew Update: Four Dead; Forecast Track Budges Closer to U.S.
Hurricane Matthew is being blamed for the deaths of at least four people as it continues its slow crawl through the Caribbean Sea, and adjustments to Matthew’s forecast may make potential U.S. impacts more likely mid-to-late week and potentially through the upcoming weekend.
At least four people have died from the storm, including a fisherman in Haiti who was reported dead on Monday. Other fatalities were reported with the storm in its earlier stages as it moved through Colombia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Lesser Antilles.
As of Monday night, Hurricane Matthew remained a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds up to 140 miles-per-hour (MPH), the strongest storm by a significant margin in the Atlantic basin in 2016.
Life-threatening flooding is likely in Haiti, Jamaica and eastern Cuba over the next 24-36 hours, where up to 40″ (nearly 3.5′) is possible in isolated locations. The United States State Department has issued travel warnings to Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and The Bahamas for Matthew’s possible arrival.
For the United States, Monday’s official forecast cone shifted towards the East Coast, meaning tropical storm or potentially hurricane conditions are possible possibly as soon as Wednesday night along the coast. Florida and North Carolina have declared States of Emergency in advance of potential impacts.
Please note that the forecast track continues to shift and will do so in the coming days. Stay with WeatherNation for the very latest on Matthew.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi