Tropical Storm Matthew entered the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday (28 September) after several days as Invest 97-L, bringing nearly 60mph winds and 4-8 inches of rain to the Windward Islands. The storm is expected to strengthen to a hurricane, and its westward track is expected to turn northerly and potentially put the Cayman Islands in its path.
The northward turn is forecast to happen sometime early Saturday, depending on the pull of a low pressure system in the northeastern U.S. and a high pressure system in the middle Atlantic. Many tropical storms in the eastern Caribbean are pulled north in October; such a path for Matthew could take it over Jamaica, eastern Cuba or Haiti. If the storm pulls toward the northwest, it would come closer to Cayman.
Tropical storm force winds extend for at least 200 miles, primarily to the northeast of the center which Wednesday evening was about 100 miles west of St. Lucia.
To follow Matthew’s progress via the U.S. National Hurricane Center website, click here.