DISCUSSION: As of the 2:00 PM EDT update from the National Hurricane Center office (located in Miami, Florida), there is more than enough evidence to support Hurricane Matthew now being upgraded to Major Hurricane status. This upgraded intensity is in response to hurricane hunter reconnaissance aircraft finding much stronger maximum sustained wind speeds as the pressure quickly fell between late last night and earlier this morning. More specifically, the pressure fell from 993 mb as of earlier yesterday morning to 960 mb this afternoon which is certainly a classic example of rapid intensification as far as tropical cyclones are concerned. Hence, as Matthew begins to gradually start moving off to the northwest and then north, island nations including but limited to Jamaica, eastern Cuba, and the Bahamas will want to keep monitoring the status and forecast of this storm both through www.nhc.noaa.gov and right here at the Global Weather and Climate Center.
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