Jamaicans flock to the supermarkets to take care of last minute shopping pending the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Kingston, Jamaica, Sept. 30, 2016. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy
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Hurricane Matthew in the southern Caribbean picked up strength late Friday and became a powerful Category 5 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.Matthew, swirling off the northern coast of Colombia and Venezuela and forecast to head towards Jamaica and Cuba, was packing winds of 160 miles (260 kilometers) per hour, making it the strongest storm on the NHC's 1-5 scale, the NHC said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.Matthew became a Category 1 hurricane Thursday afternoon, then swiftly rose to Category 4 a day later.
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