Hurricane Matthew: Storm returns to Category 4 status as it nears county

A rise in wind speed turned Hurricane Matthew back into a Category 4 storm as it neared Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

The National Weather Service in its 11 a.m. update said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. It was moving to the northwest at 14 mph and was about 180 miles southeast of West Palm Beach.

Matthew is expected to remain a category storm as it approaches Florida, the hurricane center said.

Palm Beach County can expect to feel tropical-storm force winds — 39 mph or greater — from 3 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Hurricane-force winds — 74 mph or greater — are most likely from 9 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

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