«It’s much too early to know how bad things are but we do know there are a lot of houses that have been destroyed or damaged in the south.» Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency expressed.
Hurricane Matthew made landfall at around 11:00 GMT in the southwest of Haiti. Its is one of the strongest hurricanes the Atlantic has seen in recent years. Holding winds up to 145 mph the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Haiti was “getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them”.
The president Jocolerme announced some people that were at sea or people that could not be advised on time had died but did not give any specific numbers. Both airports in the island are closed. Several coastal towns report structural damages as well as general flooding. About 3 feet (1 meter) of rain is forecast to fall over land with high levels of deforestation, and so more prone to flash floods and mudslides, this poses a threat to people living in these areas as well as undeveloped towns in the capital Port-au-Prince, where heavy rain fell overnight.
The NHC stated: «On the forecast track, the eye of Matthew will move near eastern Cuba later [on Tuesday], and move near or over portions of the south-eastern and central Bahamas [on Tuesday night] and Wednesday, and approach the north-western Bahamas on Wednesday night.»
Matthew could reach Florida by Thursday as a major hurricane, although with less strength than at present, the hurricane center said. Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida on Monday, designating resources for evacuations and shelters and putting the National Guard on standby.
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