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Gradually Strengthening

Published 29th September 2016, 9:19am

At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 14.1 North, longitude 65.5 West. Matthew is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h). A general westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew is forecast to pass to the north of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao through Friday.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Matthew is forecast to become a hurricane later today or tonight.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km) primarily to the north and east of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from reconnaissance aircraft is 995 mb (29.38 inches).

The current forecast track has the system passing well to the east of the Cayman Islands.