A 13th Storm has been named for the Atlantic Hurricane Season: Tropical Storm Mathew
Although Current Projections do not include Belize, it is projected to threaten parts of the Caribbean Sea as a hurricane this weekend or early next week.
Matthew is producing locally heavy rain and strong winds in parts of the Lesser Antilles and was located about 25 miles southwest of St. Lucia of the Windward Islands, as of Wednesday afternoon.
A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance mission found a sufficient low-level circulation to upgrade the former Invest 97L into a tropical storm, based on flight-level winds measured over 60 mph.
Tropical storm conditions are rapidly spreading across portions of the Lesser Antilles.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Lesser Antilles, including Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands.
Tropical storm conditions are expected through tonight in these areas.
In general, collective forecast guidance suggests Matthew should make a northwest or even northward turn in the Caribbean Sea sometime this weekend, as the system reaches the southwestern edge of the Bermuda high.
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