Hurricane Matthew kills at least 7 in Haiti, heads to Cuba

October 04, 2016
Residents walk in flooded streets as they return to their homes in Leogane, Haiti, Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

While Jamaica was spared the brunt of Hurricane Matthew, Haiti had no such luck, as several persons have died as a result of the Category 4 system. 

According to reports, at seven persons have been killed by Matthew and officials have had to declare states of emergency. 

Matthew made landfall in Haiti about 7 Tuesday morning, packing powerful winds and heavy rains as it moved across the country. 

In addition to extensive flooding, the storm took off roofs and sheared walls from buildings. 

The bridge that connected Port-au-Prince to southern Haiti also collapsed. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, by afternoon, the centre of the storm was back at sea, churning north towards Cuba.

Forecasters say the eye of the storm, which is located about 65 miles east-southeast of Guantánamo, Cuba, and moving at about 9 mph, was expected to hit eastern Cuba Tuesday afternoon.


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