Matthew is now a major hurricane, as it strengthened to a Category 3 on Friday morning and it continues to strengthen The storm poses a danger to Jamaica, parts of Hispañola, eastern Cuba, and the Bahamas early next week. Its potential U.S. impact later next week still remains unclear. Hurricane Matthew became the fifth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season early Thursday afternoon.

Matthew was located 85 miles northeast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, as of early Friday afternoon. A Hurricane Hunters reconnaissance mission Friday morning measured flight-level winds a few thousand feet above the sea of nearly 120 mph north of the eye, prompting the upgrade to Category 3 status. The central pressure continues to drop as Matthew intensifies. READ MORE