Tropical Storm Matthew upgraded to a hurricane as it heads nearer to Jamaica
Tropical Storm Matthew has now been upgraded to a hurricane as it moves westwards through the eastern Caribbean and nearer to Jamaica.
It is the fifth hurricane since the start of the Atlantic season.
As the storm approaches, Jamaica remains under a severe weather alert.
An emergency meeting has been called for this evening by Prime Minister Andrew Holness involving members of parliament and emergency officials.
At 1 o'clock this afternoon, the centre of Hurricane Matthew was located about 300 kilometres northeast of Curacao.
Matthew is moving near 28 kilometres per hour and a general westward motion with some decrease in forward speed expected during the next couple of days.
The Met Service says forecast models expect the hurricane to continue on its westward path on Friday and Saturday and then turn towards the north, bringing it closer to the Jamaica area on Sunday and Monday.
Fishers on the cays and banks have been urged to complete their preparations and be on the alert to evacuate.