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Tropical Storm Matthew could become hurricane within 24 hours, moves westward towards Jamaica

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 11:47 AM
This NOAA satellite image taken today at 12:45 AM EDT shows tropical storm Matthew clearly in view, moving across the Lesser Antilles in a westward direction at 16 MPH.

Jamaica remains under a Severe Weather Alert with projections that Tropical Storm Matthew could develop into a hurricane in the next 24 hours as it continues to move westward towards Jamaica.

Head of the Weather Branch at the Meteorological Service, Evan Thompson, says on its forecast path Matthew is expected to pass near Jamaica this weekend and so the Met Office is closely monitoring the system.

Thompson is urging Jamaicans to begin to prepare for the impact of the storm.


Head of the Weather Branch, Evan Thompson

Thompson was speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM.

This morning, the Met Office indicated that Tropical Storm Matthew is moving towards the west near 26 kilometres per hour with some decrease in forward speed expected during the next couple of days.

The agency said on the forecast track, the center of Tropical Storm Matthew will pass north of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao tomorrow.

Forecast models expect the storm to continue on its westward path on Saturday and then turn towards the north bringing it closer to Jamaica on Sunday and Monday.

The Met Office is urging fishers on the cays and banks to complete their preparations and be on the alert to evacuate.