Hurricane Matthew is forecast to make a turn toward the northwest on Saturday. (Credit: NHC)
Matthew became the season’s fifth hurricane Thursday with winds of 75 mph in the Caribbean.
The storm was continuing on a westward track at 17 mph, but a decrease in speeds was forecast over the next two days, and a turn to the north-northwest was predicted by the weekend.
Hurricane force winds extended out up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extended up to 205 miles from the center.
Rainfall amounts of up to 4 inches was in the forecast for the southern Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.