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Hurricane Matthew weakens from category 5 on path toward Jamaica

Published on October 1, 2016 6:09 PM | Comments

Well things are not looking good for several islands - Matthew is waffling between a category 4 and 5 hurricane and it is looking at the moment to rip a path straight up the Windward passage between Haiti and Jamaica before making landfall on Cuba and continuing on to the Bahamas and beyond.


It has done damage already Colombia and Haiti:

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened slightly on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that threatened Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.

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

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew's winds had slipped from a peak of 160mph to a still-potentially devastating 140 mph and it was expected to near Jamaica and southwestern Haiti early Monday.

The forecast track would carry it across Cuba and into the Bahamas, with an outside chance of a brush with Florida, though that would be several days away.

"It's too early to rule out what impacts, if any, would occur in the United States and Florida," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman at the Hurricane Center.

As Matthew skimmed past the northern tip of South America there were reports of heavy flooding and at least one death the second attributed to the storm. Authorities said at least 18 houses were damaged along the La Guajira peninsula of Colombia, which has been suffering from a multi-year drought. They said a 67-year-old man was swept to his death by a flash flood in an area where it hadn't rained for four years.

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