Hurricane Matthew weakens to Category 4 storm, risk to South Florida still uncertain

Tracking The Tropics 09/30/16 11 PM

Sun Sentinel

Hurricane Matthew weakened to a Category 4 Hurricane overnight.

The predicted path of the storm’s center remains east of the Florida peninsula, although it’s unclear how close it will come to land.

WHAT FLORIDA CAN EXPECT: It’s still unknown how much impact the storm could have on South Florida, whether it will remain far offshore or sweep the mainland with hurricane-force winds. The most dangerous time for South Florida is likely to be Tuesday through Thursday, the National Weather Service said. If the storm remains out to sea, possible impacts include coastal flooding, rip currents, rough surf and beach erosion.

LOCATION: About 400 miles southeast of Kingston Jamaica


STRENGTH: 155 mph sustained winds.

MOVEMENT: west at 7 mph.

DETAILS: A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast later today, followed by a turn toward the north-northweston Sunday.

On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will continue to move away from the Guajira Peninsula this morning, move across the central Caribbean Sea today and Sunday, and approach Jamaica Sunday night and Monday.

Source: National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service