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Hurricane Matthew remains a powerful hurricane in the Caribbean Sea

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-02 10:22:58-04

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Hurricane Matthew remains a powerful hurricane over the Caribbean Sea.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, the storm had maximum sustained winds at 150 mph and it was moving to the northwest at 5 mph. This motion will continue today, followed by a turn toward the north tonight.

On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach southwestern Haiti and Jamaica on Monday.

Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday night.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force wins extend outward up to 205 miles.

Before it lost strength, it was a Category 5 and was the strongest storm in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007.

The First Warning Storm Team will be paying very close attention to Matthew over the next several days. By the middle of next week, the storm is expected to move north.

Most of the tropical models keep the center of the storm away from Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina for now. However, we will likely see high surf and a high threat of rip currents along the coast by midweek.

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