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Hurricane Matthew will hit Jamaica then.../#Matthew is now a category 5 #hurricane, the first in the Atlantic basin since Felix of 2007

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Hurricane Matthew, which was just a  category 1 storm early Friday, went through rapid intensification and is now at least a category 4 storm.  The storm is making a hard right turn to the north and is now aimed right at the island of Jamaica.  That island isn't usually hit from the south side, the most populated part of the island, so this could spell real doom.  After it crosses Jamaica nobody can say for sure what will happen. If the storm DOES go straight over eastern Cuba, it will pass over some very high mountains which will weaken the storm somewhat.  Forecasters still can't say whether the CONUS will be hit.

Map

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?5-daynl#contents

 

Hurricane MATTHEW Forecast Discussion

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCDAT4+shtml/302051.shtml?

 

Lots of computer models and technical stuff here

http://spaghettimodels.com/

and here

http://www.tropicaltidbits.com/

 

 

 

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curious1   
curious1

With forecasting the people are at least getting warning. Don't know if they can ride it out in what shelters they have. I Pray its limited to property damage

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CAT-5!  A hurricane hunter is in the air flying through the storm now, and encountered 160 mph winds.

 

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HURRICANE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 13.3N 72.3W AT 01/0300Z POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 10 NM PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST OR 265 DEGREES AT 6 KT ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 941 MB EYE DIAMETER 15 NM MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 140 KT WITH GUSTS TO 170 KT.

 

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 Millevolt    653

Uhhhh. You mean CAT 5!!!!

Extending a jaw-dropping stretch of rapid intensification, Hurricane Matthew has become the Atlantic's first Category 5 hurricane since Felix in 2007. Matthew's top sustained winds were set at 160 mph in the 11 pm EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. The upgrade was based on radiometer-measured near-surface winds as high as 143 knots (165 mph] gathered in a Hurricane Hunter flight on Friday evening. Now located less than 100 miles north of the Colombian coastline, Matthew continues to move just south of due west at about 7 mph. (more)

https://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3454

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And now for an "oh shit" moment: The GOES floater satellite, one of the tools used to track the storm, has malfunctioned and there is no satellite image of the storm.  This is more than a minor glitch, because the forecast for where the storm is going is based in part on data from that satellite.

 

At this time if you go to the link you see an empty map of the Caribbean.

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/floaters/14L/14L_floater.html

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