Hurricane Matthew Churns Toward Jamaica, Haiti

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Meteorological Services of Jamaica are expecting the storm to hit the island and fishermen have been advised to return to the mainland.

People are filling up their car fuel tanks, bathtubs full of water and stocking up on food and other supplies in case services are interrupted.

The hurricane called Gilbert, in September 1988, was the last major hurricane to hit Jamaica. This hurricane passed over the country with variation between categories 3 and 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale from 1 to 5.

On Saturday, the United States Navy ordered the mandatory of all non-essential personnel removed from the naval base at Guantanamo (Cuba) and respective families before drilling the threat Matthew. The hurricane may cause a drop of 25 to 64 centimeters of rain in Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • The National Hurricane Center predicts life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.
  • It briefly strengthened late Friday into a Category 5 storm, becoming the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007, the National Weather Service said.
  • The Meteorological Service of Cuba issued a hurricane watch for eastern Cuba from the province of Camaguey southeastward to the province of Guantanamo.

“Storm shelters are open, agencies are ready to support evacuations, street people are being taken to shelters, utilities are preparing to deal with outages and fishermen have been asked to remain in safe harbor”

The National Hurricane Center predicts life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Southern Haiti may receive 15-25 inches of rain and isolated parts of Haiti may receive as much as 40 inches, the center said.

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