The first Caribbean island to be hit with Hurricane Matthew is Haiti. Haiti was hit by the heavy rainstorm from Hurricane Matthew at Les Anglais in the western part of Haiti on Tuesday morning. It is regarded as the most powerful hurricane storm that leave serious damages after Hurricane Cleo which struck Haiti in 1964. The next target is Cuba, where Hurricane Matthew made the landfall about 12 hours later. As the hurricane wind travel from Haiti to Cuba, the wind speed slowed down to 130 mph.
Bahamas is the third in line that will be hit with Hurricane Matthew. The weather forecast station has tracked the storm to be moving in a region that is in close proximity to the Florida east coast. Hurricane warning has been issued in Haiti, and the eastern part of Cuba. It has also been issued in the southeast and metropolitan part of Bahamas. The strong wind that is blowing in several regions in Florida have been upgraded to a hurricane at night on Tuesday.
Because of this, it is possible that there will be hurricane storms in the areas that are being watched in the morning hours on Thursday. There is a hurricane watch in Camaguey in Cuba. Tropical storm warning has been issued in several regions in Dominican Republic including Barahona and Puerto Plata. Residents at the Turks and Caicos islands have also been alerted by the tropical storm warning.
According to the hurricane center, it is predicted that there will be at least 15-25 inches of rainfall in the southwestern region in Dominican Republic. The remote areas in Dominican Republic could receive up to 40 inches of rain. Rainfall is expected in the southwestern and northwestern regions of Haiti. The high amount of rainfall in the deforested regions of Haiti could cause dangerous conditions such as mudslide and flood.
Some parts in the east of Cuba is expected to receive at least 8-12 inches of rain. There will be an increase of the water level in Bahamas from 10-15 feet. For Haiti and Cuba, the water level may increase from 7- 11 feet. The government in Florida claimed that there are a lot of life threatening flood in the east coast of Florida.
Forecasters in Florida has made available to the public the storm watch warning at the government site. You can visit the site to assess the hurricane risk in your area. The US National Hurricane Center reported that the Category 4 hurricane has downgraded to Category 3. The fluctuation is normal and there is no certainty that the wind won’t upgrade to a more dangerous category. If you live in Florida, you and your neighbors can help each other to get prepared before the hurricane storm starts.