4), Hurricane Matthew is heading for the central and northwestern Bahamas, according to an update released by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 8 a.m.
Matthew is expected to make a northwest turn tonight, putting it on track to move across the Bahamas through Thursday, and then be "very near the east coast of Florida by Thursday evening, "bringing intense winds, rain and flooding," the center said.
Today, the NHC reported that Tropical Storm Nicole, located farther east in the Atlantic than Matthew, has 50 mph (80 km/h) winds and is moving northwest at 8 mph (13 km/h).
There's a chance that Matthew and Nicole could interact, said James Done, the science lead for the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
[5 Hurricane Categories: Historical Examples] "There's a possibility that Nicole could pull Matthew away from the U.S., but that depends on a lot of factors, including the relative intensity of each storm and how close they are to one another," Done told Live Science.