MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Matthew is gaining strength in the central Caribbean Sea.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
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.READ MORE: Gov. DeSantis: Florida's Ports Are Open, Could Help With The Supply Chain Problem
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.MORE NEWS: No Bond For Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Who Was Released From From Jail 30 Days Ago On Juvie Probation
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.
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