Tropical Storm Matthew forms, could become hurricane Friday

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite imagery taken Sept. 28.

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ORIGINAL: Tropical Storm Matthew has formed just east of the Caribbean, about 35 miles southeast of St. Lucia, and the National Hurricane Center predicts the storm could become a hurricane by Friday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and Martinique; St. Lucia; Dominica; Barbados; St. Vincent; and the Grenadine Islands.

The forecast track has Matthew moving through the Windward Islands then over the eastern Caribbean through Friday.

Most forecast models suggest the storm will turn north in the central Caribbean, but some have it maintaining a more westward trajectory before doing so, potentially bringing it closer to Cayman.

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Most models suggest the storm will continue west before turning north in the central Caribbean. This forecast was released Sept. 28.

Matthew is moving west near 21 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Reports from a U.S. Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph and the Center predicts a gradual strengthening during the next couple of days.

Tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Matthew to decrease in forward speed over the next couple of days.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite imagery taken Sept. 28.

Tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Matthew to decrease in forward speed over the next couple of days.

Tropical Storm Matthew is the 13th named storm of the year.

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