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Saturday evening Tropics check (10/1/2016)

Posted at 5:02 PM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-01 16:33:26-04

MIDWAY, FL (WTXL) -- Hurricane Matthew is still churning in the Caribbean Sea as a category 4. Taking a look east of the Leeward Islands, you'll notice another tropical disturbance.

Hurricane Matthew has begun moving in a northwest direction at 3 mph. This marks the beginning of the northward turn we've been discussing all week. Winds are sustained at 150 mph, keeping this a category 4 hurricane. Matthew is expected to remain a major hurricane as it moves over Jamaica, eastern Cuba, and Hispaniola. As of now, a small portion of south Florida has been added to the forecast cone for later in our next work week. This means winds may be breezy with the chance of seeing rain and thunderstorms.

Moving 600 miles east of the Leeward Islands, you'll find an area of low pressure with disorganized storms and winds. This is a tropical disturbance that has a 20% chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next five days. This disturbance is in an area of strong upper-level winds which is hindering any strengthening.

--Storm Team Meteorologist Jennifer Meyers