Whether Matthew hits the United States, from Florida to North Carolina, will depend on the time of a storm front that is across the Great Plains and expected to move into the Southeast United States.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 145 miles per hour with higher gusts.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Jamaica, Haiti, and the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Granma and Las Tunas as well as the southeastern Bahamas.
"I am very anxious about them, and God bless all of them", he says.
Matthew is now forecast to reach the Bahamas on Tuesday and Florida by Thursday.
Haiti was forecast to receive the brunt of Matthew's wind and surge today, but rain was a huge concern.
Matthew is expected to drop 15-25 inches of rain in southern Haiti and the southwestern Dominican Republic, where up to 40 inches of isolated rain could fall. The powerful storm is expected to approach Jamaica and southwest Haiti by Monday night. "With wind this strong, it will be extremely damaging and unsafe and homes for the average person are made of mud and sticks or poorly constructed cinderblocks". Water levels in Haiti could rise up to 10 feet higher than normal. If that track holds up, parts of the SC coast could see significant rainfall, and even the Midlands could see rain. That said, it was still too early to chart the storm's exact path. The latest track is particularly bad for North Carolina, which shows a potential direct hit on Saturday morning near Wilmington.
Hurricane Matthew's path is moving closer to Florida.
Long-range predictions for Hurricane Matthew show him passing well off the shore of SC on Saturday morning, but forecasters aren't ruling out whether the Grand Strand will feel the impacts of the storm. It's important to stress that this forecast for the U.S. is very far out (timewise) and a lot can change between now and then.
With the hurricane just a few hours from making landfall, the USA said it would provide $400,000 in aid to Haiti and Jamaica to help them pay for relief supplies.