Hurricane Matthew has strengthened from a tropical depression into a Category 5 storm in a matter of hours. In their 11 p.m. Friday advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm’s sustained winds have 160 mph. Matthew is about 440 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, moving west at 7 mph. A hurricane hunter plane late Friday found higher gusts, with hurricane force winds extending 45 miles from Matthew’s center.
This is the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic since 2007, when Hurricane Felix reached this intensity.
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