Matthew is already the strongest hurricane to develop in the Caribbean since Rina in 2011, and it could be the strongest storm to threaten parts of Florida since Wilma in 2005.
"As Matthew moves over Cuba it will lose some strength due to the friction with the land mass", ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo said.
Yes, Texas was devastated by Hurricane Ike in 2008, and the Jersey Shore was slammed by Sandy in 2012, but those storms were not of major category three or higher status on the Saffir-Simpson scale when they made landfall. As of now, Matthew is expected to turn northwest and reach Jamaica late Sunday.
Matthew was located about 465 miles (750 kilometers) southeast of Kingston Jamaica with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
The last major hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin was Hurricane Gaston, which became a major hurricane in the central Atlantic in August.
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Those along the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia should monitor the progress of Matthew. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher amounts are expected along the coast of Colombia from the Venezuelan border to Riohacha.
The government of Curacao has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch associated with Matthew.
Hurricane-force winds extended out for 45 miles, and tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 185 miles, the NHC said.
"As of September 30, we will have a partial activation of the National Emergency Operation Centre where persons are at the ready to provide service", he said, adding that full activation is expected for Sunday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is forecast and Matthew could become a major hurricane later in the day or Friday night.