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Connecticut included in Matthew's latest track

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Hurricane Matthew continued to churn in the Caribbean on Tuesday and Connecticut could be impacted by the storm. 

In National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. update, Connecticut was in Matthew's cone of uncertainty for late Saturday into Sunday morning. The center would be going south of Long Island.

"Our weather Saturday night and Sunday greatly depends on the future course of Hurricane Matthew," Channel 3 Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said. 

The National Hurricane Center said Matthew made landfall over Les Anglais, Haiti around 7 a.m. It said it's the first hurricane to make landfall since Cleo in 1964. Hurricane crossed the east tip of Cuba on Tuesday evening. 

"This is a devastating storm with life threatening wind, rain, and storm surge," DePrest said.

Matthew is a category 4 storm with sustained winds of up to 145 miles per hour. 

Hurricane Matthew was currently moving northward, but DePrest said a bend to the northwest was likely Wednesday.  

"That means Matthew will move right across the spine of the Bahamas tomorrow and Thursday.  During that time Matthew will maintain major hurricane strength," DePrest said.

The storm is being blamed for at least four deaths in the Caribbean. People from Cuba to the Carolinas have been bracing for impact.

Hurricane Matthew will pass the east coast of Florida on Thursday and Friday. The hurricane "will then take a run at the Carolinas Friday night and Saturday morning," DePrest said. 

After moving past the Carolinas, DePrest said the hurricane "will likely begin weaken at that point, but still maintain hurricane strength." Connecticut is looking at three potential scenarios.

"This morning’s run of the GFS and the Canadian model have Matthew taking a sharp right hand turn passing out to sea well to the south of New England.  The GFS still gives us a period of heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday morning with 2-4” possible.  That would be great as long as the heavy duty winds remain offshore," DePrest said. 

However, the European forecast model predicts the storm "doing something very strange," DePrest said. 

"The latest run brings Matthew near the coast of Florida and Georgia where it then stalls.  With time Matthew moves toward the south or southwest off the coast of Florida while weakening.  At this point, that scenario appears unlikely although the European model is known to have a good track record with tropical systems," DePrest said. 

Before the weekend, the weather looks to be partly to mostly sunny, even for Saturday and the Eversource Hartford Marathon.

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