THE LATEST FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW
Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds remain near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane but additional strengthening is expected today and Matthew is forecast to become a category 4 hurricane as it approaches the east coast of Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles. Nassau in the Bahamas recently reported sustained winds of 50 mph with a wind gust of 61 mph.
West Palm Beach (PBI), Boca Raton (BCT) and Stuart (SUA) airports have already been shut down in preparation for the storm. We anticipate Miami International (MIA), Miami Opa-Locka (OPF), Fort Lauderdale Hollywood (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive (FXE) to be closed by around 12:00PM EST today.
The eye of the storm is currently over the Bahama Islands West of San Andros and South of Nassau. The storm center is projected to continue to track Northwest toward the East coast of Florida and make landfall by West Palm Beach around 2:00AM EST. As the storm tracks up the East coast of Florida we also anticipate airport closures across the hurricane forecast track.
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