‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Matthew strikes Haiti, heads toward Bahamas and U.S.
Hurricane Matthew sliced across the southwestern coast of Haiti, near Les Anglais, soon after sunrise on Monday. The eye of the powerful storm spun across the southwestern edge of one of the poorest nation in the Americas, and one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters.
Thousands of people are attempting to ride out the storm in makeshift shelters built of wood and corrugated steel that lack protection from torrential rains, let alone hurricane force winds. Humanitarian groups and weather forecasters are fearing the worst from Matthew.
The storm is the first Category 4 storm to hit Haiti in 52 years. A more comparable storm, based on its track and intensity, was Hurricane Hazel, which struck Haiti in 1954 and killed at least 1,000. Read more…