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'There will be some impact': Hurricane Matthew moves closer to Maritimes

It's now looking more certain that Hurricane Matthew will bring wind and rain to the Maritimes, says CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell.

'It is still too early to pinpoint details of rain, winds, and coastal conditions'

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It's now looking more certain that Hurricane Matthew will bring wind and rain to the Maritimes, says CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell.

The hurricane lashed Haiti on Tuesday, killing several people, and is now headed north toward Cuba.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., shows Matthew edging closer to the eastern seaboard of the United States. Tropical storm and hurricane watches have been issued for the Atlantic coast of Florida. 

Consider being flexible with outdoor and travel plans Sunday and Monday.— Kalin Mitchell, CBC meteorologist

"There will be some impact in the form of rainy, windy weather Sunday or Monday," Mitchell said, noting that the region is still outside the extended forecast, which shows only the next five days. 

'Still too early'

"It is still too early to pinpoint details of rain, winds, and coastal conditions as the system is expected to undergo large changes over the next several days," Mitchell added.

People stand on the coast watching the surf produced by Hurricane Matthew, on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica on Monday. (Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press)

Matthew is expected to weaken as it heads north over colder ocean waters. The hurricane could also end up being absorbed into an approaching low-pressure system expected coming in to the region from the west by the end of the weekend, Mitchell said. 

However, Mitchell urged Maritimers to review their emergency plans.

"If you can, consider being flexible with outdoor and travel plans Sunday and Monday," he suggested. 

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