Hurricane Matthew intensifies, listed as Category 3 heading through the Caribbean

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Experts are warning residents in the Caribbean that a hurricane has strengthened and is headed their way.

The National Hurricane Center said Matthew is now a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 115 miles per hour.

Officials say hurricane-force winds extended out for 45 miles and tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 185 miles.

The storm is the fifth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.

Swells that are generated by Matthew are expected to affect portions of the coasts of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Venezuela and Colombia during the next few days.