Powerful Hurricane Matthew threatens Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba
Hurricane Matthew moved slowly Sunday across the Caribbean Sea on a track that authorities warned could trigger devastation in parts of Haiti.
The storm produced winds of 145 mph as it moved northwest, and the center was expected to pass across or very close to the southwestern tip of Haiti late Monday before reaching Cuba, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. Forecasters say the southern Haitian countryside around Les Cayes could see the worst of it.
Matthew is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history and briefly reached the top classification, Category 5, becoming the strongest hurricane here since Felix in 2007. The hurricane center said it appeared to be on track to pass east of Florida through the Bahamas, but it was too soon to predict with certainty whether it would reach the coast of the United States.