As the death toll from Hurricane Matthew rose to seven on Wednesday, the storm's track shifted south of Connecticut, at least for the moment.

The National Hurricane Center still has the storm as a powerful category 3 hurricane that is working into the Bahamas.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said the storm is expected to strike the east coast of Florida on Thursday night and Friday.

"Matthew could be a Category 4 hurricane at that point," DePrest said.

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Wednesday, the category 3 hurricane had speeds of 120 mph.

DePrest said Hurricane Matthew will brush the coast of Georgia and South Carolina early in the weekend, and then move out to sea to the south of South Carolina on Sunday.

"Some computer guidance models actually have Matthew curving back toward the south or even the southwest early next week. In fact, the GFS has Matthew looping around, striking Florida for a second time on Monday," DePrest said, adding that hopefully will not happen.

Hurricane watches and warnings, along with a tropical storm watch, have been issued for parts of that state.

The 5pm prototype storm surge watch/warning area is expanded north to Savannah River. #Matthew @NOAA @NHCDirector https://t.co/qhKNiL4Jh4 pic.twitter.com/HYr67k8chY— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) October 5, 2016

Overall, Connecticut's weekend weather is looking good, provided Matthew stays away.

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