Tropical Storm Matthew forms in Caribbean

| 23/09/2010

(CNS): When the season’s 13th storm formed on Thursday afternoon it was located 435 miles east of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. With maximum sustained winds of 45 mph Matthew is moving west at 16 mph. The NHC said this general motion was expected to continue for the next 48 hours with the storm expected to be near the Nicaragua/Honduras border late Friday or early Saturday morning. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hour and Tropical Storm Matthew could become a hurricane by Saturday. Tropical-storm-force winds currently extend outward up to 35 miles from the centre.

The storm is not likely to pose a local threat as it is forecast to pass far south of the Cayman Islands. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning are currently in effect for Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua to Limon Honduras including the offshore islands.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lisa had almost ground to a halt this afternoon in the centre of the Atlantic though forecasters said the storm was expected to start moving on a north to northeast track on Friday. Winds are currently near 40 mph with higher gusts and some slight increase in strength is possible during the next day or so the NHC said.

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