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Hurricane Matthew intensifies, expected to become major hurricane

Hurricane Matthew intensified overnight into Friday and is expected to become a major hurricane.

"This is going to be a big deal for next week for the U.S. mainland," FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd said Friday morning. "For now, it's a big deal for the Caribbean."

Matthew is now a Category 3 hurricane with 115-mph winds. "It has intensified quickly," Byrd said.

It's still too soon to know what impact Matthew could have on the U.S. as its path is fairly uncertain. Matthew has been heading west at 14 mph, but is expected to turn to the north sometime this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters say they should have a better idea of what the U.S. mainland could see once it turns.

Latest predictions show the storm turning to the northwest early Saturday and reaching Jamaica late Sunday as a major hurricane. It's expected to then continue heading north and reach eastern Cuba before Tuesday.