Update Tropical Storm Matthew – National Hurricane Center
A USAF Hurricane Hunter plane has found that Tropical Storm Matthew is a little stronger. Maximum sustained winds are now near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening during the next 48 hours is forecast, and Matthew is expected to become a hurricane later today or tonight.
The Government of Barbados has discontinued the Tropical Storm
Warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands. A Tropical Storm Watch continues for Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba, where tropical storm conditions are possible beginning late today. Matthew is centered at 8 a.m EDT about 300 miles (480 km) south of San Juan and 265 miles (430 km) east-northeast of Curacao.On the forecast track, the center of Matthew is forecast to pass to the north of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao through Friday.
Remember, the average NHC track errors at days 4 and 5 are on the order of 180 and 240 miles, respectively. Thus it is too early to determine what, if any, impacts Matthew may have onto the U.S. Gulf or Atlantic coastal areas.