‘The Situation … Is Truly Catastrophic’; Hurricane Matthew Slams Into Haiti


Streets in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, were inundated Tuesday after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the country’s southwest.

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Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET with further states of emergency in the U.S.

Hurricane Matthew crashed into southwestern Haiti as a Category 4 storm Tuesday morning, dumping rain and scouring the land with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour.

It is the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in Haiti since 1964, when Hurricane Cleo also hit the island nation’s southwestern peninsula.

At 7 a.m. local time, the eye of Hurricane Matthew sat over Les Anglais, Haiti. The hurricane is so large and powerful that people in a 40-mile radius from its center were under hurricane warnings, and tropical storm-force winds were lashing areas as far as 185 miles away, near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

News reports said that at least four people in the Caribbean have died as a result of the storm, including two in Haiti.

According to the Miami Herald, radio reports from the southern port of Les Cayes described shoulder-high floodwaters and sea water rushing into people’s homes farther east in Cote de Fer. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm surge from Hurricane Matthew is between 7 and 10 feet above normal tides.

source:The Two-Way Breaking News From NPR