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Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica

Powerful Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of its potentially devastating winds and rain.

Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, Category 5, and was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said its winds had slipped from a peak of 160 mph to a still-devastating 145 mph, and it was expected to reach the eastern part of Jamaica on Monday. The forecast track would carry it across Cuba and...

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