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Haiti Prepares for Catastrophic Impacts from Hurricane Matthew

All eyes Monday evening are on Hurricane Matthew and the possible life-threatening impacts it could have on Haiti’s southern coast. As of 8pm EDT, Matthew continues to slowly track to the north-northeast at 8-mph. Matthew is expected to gain some speed Monday evening and will make impact southwestern Haiti late Monday evening.

Currently, Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 140-mph with higher gusts. Rainfall totals of 15 to 25 inches, with isolated 40 inch totals will be possible in southern Haiti and southwestern Dominican Republic. The rainfall will likely produce life-threatening flash flood and mudslides.

Hurricane Matthew Set to Devastate Haiti​

#HurricaneMatthew– Perfect display of why a hit to Haiti by Matthew will be a catastrophic event. This deadly system threatens thousands of displaced Haitians with landslides induced by feet of rain. Latest Live Coverage: bit.ly/LiveWeather – Video: Speroway

Posted by WeatherNation on Monday, October 3, 2016

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as 10 to 15 feet in parts of Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas.

As of Monday evening, found people have died due to Hurricane Matthew. Two fishermen died in rough water early Monday off the tiny southwestern fishing town of Saint Jean du Sud. The body of the other was recovered a short time later off the nearby town of Aquin after he apparently drowned.

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