Hurricane Matthew Slams Caribbean

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Hurricane Matthew slammed Haiti with 145 mph winds and heavy rainfall the morning of Oct. 4. According to the National Hurricane Center, it first touched down in the city of Les Anglais, Haiti at about 7:00 a.m. ET. That night, the eastern tip of Cuba was hit. At least 100 people have thus far been declared dead as a result of the storm. Unfortunately, officials warn that the death toll will most likely continue to rise.

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A satellite image of Hurricane Matthew touching down on Haiti taken Oct. 4. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Matters were made worse when emergency responders were slowed by the collapse of a bridge in Haiti. The bridge was incredibly important, connecting Port-au-Prince to southern Haiti. Planning for the storm, however, was extensive. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has worked with the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as well as the Jamaican and Haitian governments. USAID began deploying its Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on Oct. 3, supported by the Response Management Team (RMT), based in D.C. DART has staff based in The Bahamas, Jamaica and Haiti in order to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Flooding has already been reported in Jamaica as a result of the category 4 hurricane, considered to be the strongest hurricane to hit the Caribbean since 2007 according to USAID.

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