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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Matthew is gaining strength in the central Caribbean Sea.

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At 11:00 p.m., Hurricane Matthew was located about 125 miles north of Curacao.

Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

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The hurricane is moving toward the west near 14 mph. A westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.

Gradual strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours.

There is a Tropical Storm Watch in effort for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba where residents have been stocking up on fuel and other emergency supplies, as well as the Colombia/Venezuela border to Riohacha. Forecasters say people along the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia should be among those who are watching the progress of the storm.

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Matthew, when it was still a Tropical Storm, passed over the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday, causing at least one death. Officials in St. Vincent say a 16-year-old boy died there as he tried to clear a blocked drain.