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Sunday evening Tropics Check (10/2/2016)

Hurricane Matthew forecast track (10/2/2016, 5 pm)
Posted at 4:52 PM, Oct 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-02 16:52:00-04

MIDWAY, FL (WTXL) -- Not much has changed regarding our tropics. Hurricane Matthew is still the main focus, but there is also a tropical disturbance east-northeast of the Leeward Islands. 

Hurricane Matthew is still a category 4 hurricane with maximum winds of 145 mph. Currently, this hurricane is moving northwest at 5 mph and is expected to cross over Jamaica, Eastern Cuba, and Hispaniola Monday night. The forecast track has been flirting with the east coast of Florida for a few days. As of now, Hurricane Matthew's track just misses the eastern Floridian coast. It is still possible that breezy winds and rain storms will be experienced as the storm moves up the coast and away from the Bahamas. 

The other area in the tropics to watch is a disturbance is about 600 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands. There is a 30% chance that this could become a tropical depression in the next 5 days. This area has a northwestward movement of 15 mph.

--Storm Team Meteorologist Jennifer Meyers