Powerful 4 Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Jamaica: 3 killed, several missing

Hundreds of people in Haiti and Jamaica fled their homes in search of shelter as Hurricane Matthew hit the countries early this morning. So far, the hurricane has claimed that lives of 3 people and several others have been reported missing.
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Hurricane Matthew hit the coast of Haiti this morning (Tuesday) with strong winds and heavy rain, forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes in search of better shelter. Hurricane Matthew, the strongest hurricane to hit the Caribbean islands in almost a decade, is considered a category 4 storm with winds up to about 230 kilometers (approximately 142 miles) per hour.

“Strong winds hit the entire area and people have fled in search of shelter,” said the mayor of a city in Southern Haiti. “Everyone is trying to find a safe spot and the situation is very serious.” The US National Hurricane Center stated: “This rainfall will likely produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.”

Hundreds search for shelter Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The local authorities reported that the category 4 hurricane has already claimed the lives of 3 people and several others have been reported missing. The hurricane is threatening Haiti at a difficult time because tens of thousands of people are still living in tents due to the serious earthquake that hit the country in 2010, killing 200,000 people.

The storm is expected to hit the coasts of Cuba and the Bahamas later today. Hurricane Matthew could even reach the coast of Florida if the storm does not weaken by later this week. The US already announced that it will provide Haiti and Jamaica with aid worth $400,000. In addition, Washington stated that it is prepared to supply the Caribbean islands with additional aid if needed.

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