DISCUSSION: As of the 11:00 PM EDt update from the National Hurricane Center (located in Miami, Florida), not too much has changed aside from the position of Hurricane Matthew to some degree. Matthew continues to remain a very dangerous and life-threatening storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph with higher gusts. In addition, the minimum central pressure has once again dropped down to a lower pressure of 940 mb which is down from the higher minimum central pressure values of 941 to 947 mb which were measured between the overnight hours into this morning and throughout the day today. Thus, Matthew remains to be an extremely dangerous tropical cyclone as it slowly begins its northward track towards the island nations of both Jamaica and Haiti over the next 24 to 48 hours.
That being said, although the upper graphic reflects the content of the previous sentence (i.e., the projected forecast track of Matthew over the next 1 to 2 days), there will remain to be a legitimate threat from Hurricane Matthew beyond the point at which it either comes close or officially makes its first landfall in Western Haiti or in Eastern Cuba depending on the exact track it follows (i.e., either near or directly over one or both of the aforementioned island nations). It is critical note that effects from Hurricane Matthew will be felt well ahead of the arrival the core of Matthew in the form of rough surf (and consequential beach erosion from continued battering of the southern- and eastern-facing coastlines of Jamaica, the southern-facing coastlines of the Dominican Republic, as well as the southern/western-facing coastlines of Haiti.
Hence, regardless of the exact track which the center of Matthew follows, there will be lots of major impacts from Matthew in all of the aforementioned regions as shown in the map below (i.e., both to the west, to the east, to the north, and in the vicinity of the pin placed on the zoomed in map of the Central-to-Eastern Caribbean (courtesy of Google Maps). Thus, this will be a far-reaching storm which will leave distinct memories for many people and hopefully people will either be able to make a safe evacuation out of the country or seek sufficient shelter at higher elevations within their respective countries to protect themselves from the brute force of Hurricane Matthew as the heart of this ferocious storm gets closer with time!
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