Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Tuesday morning along the west coast of Haiti.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says it was a Category 4 storm with winds reaching speeds of 230 kilometres per hour.
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The eye of the storm is about 160 kilometres east of Port-Au-Prince, which likely means the heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surges will likely hit nearby mountains and not the city. That still could mean flash floods and mudslides affecting more than 50-thousand Haitians still living in tents after a devastating earthquake in 2010.
Officials in the Dominican Republic are reporting that at least four people died when heavy rains linked to the hurricane damaged their homes.
Matthew is heading to eastern Cuba, and likely hit the American east coast on the weekend. Two U.S. states are preparing for the worst.
Florida Governor Rick Scott wants resident up and down Florida’s Interstate 95 corridor to start preparing for a potential impact. Scott traveled to the Florida Keys Tuesday morning to get the latest briefing on the storm and it’s potential impact on southeastern Florida.
South Carolina is also preparing as there is potential for the storm to their coast as well. The American Red Cross is issuing a call for volunteers for Charleston, Bluffton and Georgetown areas. The agency says it especially needs volunteers to assist with sheltering and feeding those who may be affected by the hurricane.
Officials in both states are urging people to have at least a three-day supply of food, water and medicine on hand, as well as get gas in their vehicles and keep cellphones charged in case of a power outage.