Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly Sunday. However, is still a powerful category 4 hurricane moving through the Atlantic.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 135 mph. The storm weakened slightly Sunday, but it still was producing gusts up to 160 mph.
Friday the storm reached category 5 status, the highest level on the scale that measures hurricane intensity. It was the strongest storm in the Atlantic basin since Felix in 2007.
The storm was moving to the north at 6 mph early Monday morning, and is expected to continue northward Monday. If the current projected course holds, it will move between Jamaica and Haiti Monday evening.
The current five-day track puts the storm in the Bahamas by the middle of the workweek. Current projections put the storm off the southeastern coast by Friday.
Sunday afternoon, both the American and European forecast models kept Matthew just off of the South Carolina coast.
The official forecast continues to show a track east of Florida, but it is still too soon to rule out possible hurricane impacts there. It is also too soon to know whether, or how, Matthew might impact the Carolinas.
Because of some uncertainty in the models, people living along the coast--including along the South Carolina coast--should continue to monitor updates on this storm over the next several days.
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