Dan­ger­ous Hur­ri­cane Matthew nears Haiti, Ja­maica and Cuba

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Heavy rains from the outer bands of Hur­ri­cane Matthew drenched Ja­maica and Haiti on Mon­day, flood­ing streets and send­ing many peo­ple to emer­gency shel­ters as the Cat­e­gory 4 storm ap­proached. Two deaths were re­ported in Haiti, bring­ing the to­tal for the storm to at least four.

Matthew had sus­tained winds of 140 mph as it moved north. The cen­ter was ex­pected to pass just east of Ja­maica and near or over the south­west­ern tip of Haiti early today be­fore head­ing to east­ern Cuba, the U.S. National Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter in Mi­ami said.

“We are look­ing at a dan­ger­ous hur­ri­cane that is head­ing into the vicin­ity of west­ern Haiti and east­ern Cuba,” said Richard Pasch, a se­nior hur­ri­cane spe­cial­ist with the cen­ter. “Peo­ple who are im­pacted by things like flood­ing and mud­slides hope­fully would get out and re­lo­cate be­cause that’s where we have seen loss of life in the past.”

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