Tropical Storm Matthew has grown slightly stronger in the past 12 hours, now generating an area of maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
That’s according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, basing the report on surface observation sites in the Windward Islands and Hurricane Hunter aircraft reconnaissance missions.
Matthew is the 13th named storm system of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season and a fairly robust one as well.
Tropical storm warnings are active on islands in the Caribbean including: Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent, and the Grenadine Islands.
As of now, the official forecast cone from the NHC reflects the forecast models which generally agree on the track of the disturbance over the next four to five days. In the short term through Friday, Matthew is expected to continue westward across the Caribbean.