COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Hurricane Matthew–the longest-lived major hurricane of the season–continues to churn northward in the Caribbean Sea along a path that could threaten the Carolina coastline next weekend.
Maximum sustained winds have dropped from a peak of 160 mph Friday night (Category 5) to 130 mph early Monday, with the storm center about 200 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. However, Matthew remains a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.
Hurricane warnings extend northward to include Jamaica and Haiti northward to the southeastern Bahamas, and all the surrounding smaller islands. Rainfall totals of one to two feet or more could fall in these areas, with locally heavier amounts of mountainous terrain.
As the storm moves past the Bahamas later in the week, the track becomes crucial to interests along the mid-Atlantic coast.