Hurricane Matthew downgraded to Category 4 storm; strongest in Atlantic since 2007

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NEW YORK — Hurricane Matthew has been downgraded to a Category 4 storm Saturday morning as it continues to roar across the Caribbean Sea toward Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds are topping out at 155 mph, according to CNN.

High surf has begun to hit Jamaica’s coast Saturday afternoon as the storm moves closer.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center called it the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since Felix in 2007.

Matthew’s center is projected to reach Jamaica late Sunday night into Monday morning. The country is now under a hurricane watch. Residents are preparing for potentially devastating winds and rain.

Forecasters expect the storm to climb the eastern seaboard by next week, but it is not yet known how big of an impact the storm will have on the tri-state area.

Matthew caused at least one death when it entered the Caribbean on Wednesday, with officials in St. Vincent reporting a 16-year-old boy was crushed by a boulder as he tried to clear a blocked drain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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