|A state of emergency has been declared in Essex County, Ontario after two days of torrential rain. (Windsor Star)|
Matthew strengthened into a hurricane on Thursday, with the center located 535 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica Friday morning at 5:00 a.m. Matthew is moving west at 14mph, with 100mph winds. Additional strengthening is expected today, and Matthew could become a major hurricane. The forecast track will take the system west for the next 36 hours before turning north towards Jamaica and Cuba by late Sunday. By the middle portion of next week, Matthew is forecast to be near the Bahamas. The storm may then threaten the east coast of the US and Canada, but it is too soon to determine where and to what extent. Additionally, the possibility does exist that the storm could be swept out to sea, missing the east coast.