CATEGORY 5: Hurricane Matthew Upgraded To Strongest Hurricane Since 2007 Hurricane Felix

By  //  October 1, 2016

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hurricane Matthew has been upgraded to the strongest Category for the Hurricane Wind Scale, a Category 5 Hurricane.

Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts.

Matthew is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday.

The new twist makes Hurricane Matthew the strongest hurricane since 2007 when Hurricane Felix made landfall just south of the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, in the Mosquito Coast region, as a Category 5 hurricane with 160 mph (260 km/h) winds.

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“This weekend is when we will have more certainty about Matthew’s possible impact to Florida,” Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields explained. “The next two days will be critical.”

Matthew is moving just south of due west near 7 mph.

Hurricane Watch continues for Jamaica as the storm is expected to begin it’s northern turn in the next day.

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