Matthew weakens, still remains powerful category 4 hurricane

Haiti is bracing for flash floods and violent winds from Hurricane Matthew as the powerful storm continues on its path in the Caribbean.

The eye of the approaching Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph is expected to pass to the east of Jamaica and then cross over or be very close to the southwestern tip of Haiti late Monday or early Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

It is predicted to hit the lightly populated eastern tip of Cuba Tuesday afternoon.winds

Forecasters said as much as 40 inches of rain could fall on some isolated areas of Haiti, raising fears of deadly mudslides and floods in the heavily deforested country.

Forecast confidence remains low later this week as Matthew will be a very large and slow moving Hurricane. Local impacts will be dependent on the exact shape, size, speed and intensity of the storm.

Even if the storm is 100-200 miles off shore, tropical storm conditions will be possible along portions of the Southeastern United States coast. There is a high potential for coastal flooding and beach erosion due to swells.

Storm Team 2 will continue tracking this dangerous hurricane and provide updates on-air, on-line and on Facebook throughout the week.

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