Hurricane Matthew continues to strengthen this morning, with the latest recon aircraft finding a pressure of 969mb and winds up to 115 mph. Matthew may undergo some fluctuations in intensity as it interacts with Columbia and dry air to its west over the next day or two, but Matthew could be a major hurricane as it nears Jamaica by early Monday. A track near Jamaica, Haiti, and eastern Cuba is expected Monday and Tuesday, and into the Bahamas by Wednesday, continuing northward to the east of the United States. There is some greater confidence in this general track forecast this morning than there was a couple days ago. However, direct impacts from Matthew in Florida or the rest of the southeast U.S. coastline cannot be ruled out at this time. Such impacts would still be several days away, and residents should stay informed on Matthew.
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