Video Of Hurricane Matthew From Space Is Terrifying – Monster Storm Pummels Haiti, Will It Hit US?
Hurricane Matthew, the lethal and imposing Category 4 hurricane, made landfall on the Tiburon Peninsula on the southwestern coast of Haiti at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
This marks the first Category 4 hurricane to hit Haiti since Hurricane Cleo in 1964.
The impoverished Caribbean island is expected to suffer devastating damage and loss of life from the hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph and moving at 9 mph. In addition to the gail-force winds, Hurricane Matthew is predicted to bring 40 inches of rain to Haiti, which could trigger “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The water levels along the southern coasts of Haiti and Cuba could swell more than 11 feet above the high tide line, bringing “large and destructive waves.”
So far, Haiti’s civil protection agency has reported only one death, a fisherman who drowned in rough water. That raised Matthew’s death toll to at least three. One man died in Colombia and a teen was killed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is still struggling since it was leveled on Jan. 12, 2010 by a magnitude-7 earthquake that destroyed the capital of Port-au-Prince and resulted in 230,000 people dying. It is estimated that 50,000 people have been living outdoors since the 2010 earthquake.