Haiti was hit by hurricane Matthew. Winds reached 145 miles per hour. Has killed at least three people. Cruise ships had to change course. The governors of Florida and North Carolina declared a state of emergency.
"The storm could come ashore at any time," said the temporary President of Haiti Jocelerme Commitment at a press conference. "We have seen death. The people who were in the open sea. There are people who have gone missing. People who have not heard the warnings. They lost their lives."
Hurricane Matthew unleashed on Haiti dozens of inches of rain. Cuba, the Bahamas and the United States has taken steps to prepare for the arrival of the storm in the coming days. 3 people died because of hurricane Matthew in the past week, authorities said.
The hurricane could cause further devastation in Haiti, as most of the country's infrastructure remains weak after the 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200 thousand people.
"It's not safe to remain in your house," said Laura Sewell, Deputy Director of CARE. "This is no ordinary downpour. People need to move to shelters immediately." The number of people who sought refuge in southern and Western parts of Haiti currently stands at more than 6,400 people. Haiti continues to recover after the earthquake and cholera outbreaks, which killed about 10 thousand people.
After passing through Haiti, forecasters expect the approach of Matthew in the Eastern part of Cuba, where he expected to fall in the second half of the day on Tuesday. The storm could unleash up to 20 inches of rain in some isolated areas of the country.
From there, Matthew will travel to "a long journey" in the direction of the Bahamas, which is expected to last until the afternoon of Thursday, ward said. Then the hurricane will turn towards the United States, losing some of its strength, falling to a category 3 with winds up to 120 miles per hour.
Forecasters warned that it is too early to predict how strong a hurricane will hit the United States.
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