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Matthew heading towards Florida but will likely spare western Mass

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (AP) -

Hurricane Matthew continues to churn in the Caribbean as it makes its way into the Bahamas. The storm has remains a major category 3 hurricane with winds of 120 mph.

The storm will approach Florida's east-central coast Friday morning likely still as a major hurricane. The storm will bring torrential rains, hurricane force winds and a dangerous storm surge to Florida then perhaps Georgia and the Carolina's as well. Matthew will likely hug the coast and slide just off shore of the Carolina's, over the weekend.

Matthew most likely will NOT be coming up the coast. A cold front sliding into the northeast from the Ohio River Valley will keep Matthew from turning up the eastern seaboard and will suppress the storm to the south. Meanwhile, Matthew will not be able to shoot out-to-sea, thanks to Tropical Storm Nicole. They will in a sense "bounce off" one another. So Matthew may get forced back towards Florida by the middle of next week, in a weakened form.

The cold front may bring western Mass some showers on Saturday but aside from that we are not expecting much. Sunday and Columbus Day both are now looking pleasant and seasonable with temperatures in the 60's. 

Although confidence is growing that Matthew will not impact southern New England we shouldn't let our guard down just yet. Things can change however most models keep this storm away. 

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