Hurricane Matthew strengthens to Category 2 storm

Posted at 9:32 AM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 09:59:10-04

Hurricane Matthew strengthened to a Category 2 storm early Friday morning as it continues its track through the Caribbean. 

The storm's maximum sustained winds as of 8am Friday are near 105 mph with gusts to 120mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center expects additional strengthening today and Matthew is forecast to become a Category 3 hurricane by tomorrow, the second major hurricane of the 2016 season. 

Matthew is centered about 520 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and is currently moving west/southwest near 14 mph. Matthew is expected to slow its forward speed over the weekend.

A northerly turn is still forecast between Saturday night and Sunday morning, with the current tracking taking the hurricane through the eastern tip of Jamaica and the eastern section of Cuba as it travels north. As of this point, potential impacts on Florida look minimal, although forecast confidence remains low as we head into the start of next week. 

We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.