Tropical Storm Matthew Forms in Caribbean, Could Threaten United States
Photo: Tropical Storm Matthew’s Wednesday location. (Photo via @WeatherChannel)
On Wednesday, officials revealed that the tropical disturbance which had been forming in the Caribbean Sea had officially become Tropical Storm Matthew and poses a threat to the Caribbean basin and possibly even parts of the United States.
According to Weather.com, hurricane hunters and meteorologists are forecasting the storm on a trajectory toward the Windward Islands. The islands should expect heavy rain and wind that continues into Thursday, and extended rain bands could reach as far north as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
As for the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Matthew will be in the eastern Caribbean Sea by Thursday and is expected to dump rain and high winds on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, as well as coastal Venezuela and Colombia, Thursday through early Saturday.
Meteorologists are uncertain of the tropical storm’s trajectory beyond Saturday, but there is a chance it could take a northwardly turn over the weekend and threaten the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica or parts of eastern Cuba early next week.
While it’s too early to tell if Tropical Storm Matthew will impact the United States, the steering currents in the atmosphere will depict the storm’s trajectory. The long-term forecasting has the possibility that the tropical storm could meet a high-pressure system in the Caribbean that would send it northward into the eastern portion of the U.S. coastline next week.
Regardless of Tropical Storm Matthew’s eventual trajectory, officials are advising locals and tourists in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas and on the east coast of the U.S. to monitor the storm.
CNN Weather and Leigh Spann of NBC News Channel 8 shared the possible path of Tropical Storm Matthew over the coming days:
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