CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hurricane Matthew made landfall Tuesday morning over Haiti & Cuba, where up to 40 inches of rain could be dropped. Matthew has picked up speed and is moving northwestward through the Bahamas and is a Category 3 Hurricane. The most powerful hurricane is a Category 5, so all in all this is a very dangerous storm.
The 22News Storm Team has been tracking the path of Hurricane Matthew since last week and is continuing to change and revise the forecast as new information on Hurricane Matthew comes out.
With the most recent data from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Matthew is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 Hurricane by Friday and slowly move north just off the coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Parts of Florida have been in Hurricane watches and warnings. The latest computer models are in agreement that Matthew will stay well south of Western Massachusetts, and have little to no impact on our weather. While it is still a good idea to have a plan in case the storm does arrive in our area, that chance is minimal at best.. From recent model data, two of the weather forecasting computer models have Hurricane Matthew stalling off the coast of Florida, Georgia, and Carolinas Saturday than spinning back around towards Florida again. Another weather forecasting computer model has Hurricane Matthew going out to sea completely. With still a couple days away and new data coming out each day allows for Hurricane Matthew’s path to change again.
A lot can change before the weekend. Stay with the 22News Storm Team for the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew.