Hurricane Matthew Will Likely Hit Haiti

Hurricane Matthew Will Likely Hit Haiti

Hurricane Matthew is on track to slam into the island nation of Haiti in the Caribbean, officials with the National Hurricane Center said on Monday. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, is moving northward at a rate of about 6 mph.

It is a very dangerous situation that could have devastating effects on the impoverished nation as the storm makes landfall tonight.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Jamaica, parts of Cuba and the Southeastern Bahamas as well. A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of Cuba, the Turks and Caicos islands, and the central Bahamas. A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of the Dominican Republic.

U.S. officials evacuated the military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ahead of the storm, which is slated to hit there on Tuesday.

“Although the official forecast continues to show a track east of Florida, it is still too soon to rule out possible hurricanes there,” NHC officials said this morning. “It is also too soon to know whether or how, Matthew might affect the remainder of the United States east coast.” For updates on the situation, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

(Photo Courtesy of National Weather Service)

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