Looks like we’ll be hearing a lot about another hurricane threat in the coming week. This time, a little fella named Matthew churns in the Caribbean. On Friday, the maximum sustained winds were estimated at 115 mph at 11am Eastern time, making it a major hurricane. Then, 12 hours later, Matthew became a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest type of storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The storm is expected to turn north over the weekend, likely hitting Cuba, more than likely also hitting Jamaica. It should (if the current model thinking is correct) pass to the east of Florida, perhaps grazing the east coast of the state. After that, all bets are off as to what it could do. The storm could do a “Hugo” and go into the Carolinas, or run up the Eastern seaboard staying off of land. It could also miss everything entirely, and head out to sea.
So keep an eye on this baby. Hopefully, it spares everybody. Best wishes to all in the Matthew’s path, as it doesn’t seem he is messing around.