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Friday, September 30, 2016

Force Two Hurricane Matthew Threatens Central Caribbean

Havana, Sep 30.- Hurricane Matthew is continuing to strengthen on its path through the central Caribbean region, and has reached category two on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which has a maximum of five, the Cuban Institute of Meteorology reported.

The institute reports that the weather phenomenon has maximum wind speeds of 155 mph, with higher gusts, and the central pressure has dropped to 979 hPa.

The hurricane is moving near westbound at 22 mph. The epicenter is estimated at 14.0 degrees north latitude and 70.1 degrees west longitude, about 830 kilometers east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

It is predicted that during next 12 to 24 hours, Matthew will keep a to similar path, decreasing its speed, will tilt to the northwest on Saturday night or Sunday and will continue strengthening.

The institute states that this afternoon or evening, Mathew could become a major hurricane.(PL)