Hurricane Matthew bears down on the Bahamas, then heads toward the U.S.

Posted at 6:23 AM, Oct 05, 2016

Hurricane Matthew is spreading strong winds, heavy rain, and dangerous storm surge into the Bahamas.

Hurricane Matthew is moving toward the central and northwestern Bahamas. Matthew is centered about 125 miles SSE of Nassau or 325 miles SE of West Palm Beach, Florida, and is moving NW at 10 mph. The NW motion is expected to continue during the next 24 to 48 hours. On this track, Matthew will be moving across the Bahamas through Thursday, and is expected to be very near the east coast of Florida by Thursday night. Matthew will then track north along the Florida coast on Friday and along or near the Carolina coast this weekend.


Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Matthew is expected to remain at category 3 or stronger while it moves through the Bahamas and approaches the east coast of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.


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