U.S. Navy evacuates hundreds from Cuba ahead of Hurricane Matthew

It's too early to know if Hurricane Matthew will impact the U.S., but Navy orders evacuation of non-essential personnel from Cuba.

One of the strongest and most severe hurricanes is churning in the Caribbean and soon could make some of its first significant impact to land in the region.

Hurricane Matthew is moving towards Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti, and it's strengthening into one of the strongest storms in the Atlantic Ocean in recent memory.

As a result, the U.S. Navy is evacuating all non-essential personnel from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Sunday ahead of landfall. That part of Cuba is preparing for a direct hit from the hurricane.

About 5,500 people, including military personnel and family are living at Guantanamo Bay. According to FOX News, a mandatory evacuation of non-essential personnel includes about 700 family members. Those families are being airlifted to Florida.

Matthew reached the top classification of Category 5 briefly, before weakening slightly. It remains a strong Category 4 storm with winds of 150 miles per hour – making it the strongest Atlantic Hurricane since Felix in 2007.

"It is too early to determine if Matthew will directly impact the U.S., but this is a dangerous storm and will be closely monitored," said the National Weather Service Sunday.

However, if it were to continue on its current track the storm could make landfall between eastern Florida and South Carolina.

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