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Hurricane Matthew now a powerful category 4 storm

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(WVVA) Hurricane Matthew is heading for the central Caribbean. As of 5:00pm Friday, Matthew had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph with higher gusts. The storm is now a category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale. According to the National Hurricane Center, some additional strengthening is possible tonight, and some fluctuations in intensity are possible Saturday and Sunday. Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday.

A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast by Saturday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move north of the Guajira Peninsula this tonight, move across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.

The storm is expected to begin to curve to the north over the weekend and could be near Cuba by next Tuesday afternoon. There is quite a bit of uncertainty as to where the storm will go.

We will continue to keep an eye on the storm to see what, if any impact it will have on our weather.

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