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Monday morning Tropics Check (10/03/2016)

Hurricane Matthew (10/03/2016) AM
Posted at 9:07 PM, Oct 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 06:14:09-04

MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- Aside from a weak disturbance northeast of the eastern Caribbean, the main story for this Tropics check is Hurricane Matthew.

The hurricane, as of the 5am advisory Monday morning, has maximum sustained winds at 130 mph, with gusts up to 160 mph. The hurricane has maintained Category 4 strength or higher throughout the weekend and will likely continue to do so as it bears down on Jamaica, Haiti, and eastern Cuba tonight into Tuesday morning. Afterward, the system is expected to move north into the Bahamas. Beyond that, the forecast still is somewhat tricky. The storm may provide significant coastal impacts for the Floridian Peninsula if it stays just enough west, but if the center of the hurricane drifts more east, the impacts will stay east. Still, rip currents, coastal erosion, and scattered showers for the peninsula will be likely.

The disturbance previously mentioned that has a 30% chance of development is northeast of the Caribbean and continues to move northwest. It is not a threat to the local area.