Powerful Hurricane Matthew continues to approach Florida

The National Hurricane Center announced that Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit the coast of Florida and the Bahamas. “If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years,” said the Governor of Florida.
Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Two days after the powerful storm hit Haiti and Cuba, Hurricane Matthew has shown no signs of stopping, leaving the US no choice but to prepare for the category 3 storm, which is expected to regain strengthen and reclaim its title of a category 4 hurricane before reaching the US. Florida residents have been preparing over the past 24 hours for the storm’s arrival. Residents of the Bahamas have also been preparing for Hurricane Matthew. Haiti was severely hit by the storm and the citizens of the country are attempting to recover this morning (Thursday) after 26 people were killed and serious damage was caused to homes in the southern part of the country.

Hurricane Matthew hit the Caribbean islands with winds up to 230 kilometers (approximately 142 miles) per hour with life-threatening winds. The authorities in Florida urged nearly two million residents to evacuate their homes along the state’s eastern coastline. In addition, the authorities warned other Floridians to be prepared for a direct hit that will most likely be devastating.

Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a press conference yesterday. “If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years. This is a deadly storm approaching our state.”

As reported by JOL yesterday, the US government announced that it will aid the citizens of Haiti that were affected by the storm.


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