>> Hurricane Matthew pounding southwestern Haiti Tuesday, tearing down trees, damaging homes, and killing at least one person. Matthew, a violent Category 4, backing a 145 miles per hour winds, is the strongest storm to pummel the Caribbean in a decade. Hardest hit in Haiti, Lekaye. The Deputy Mayor of the port town describing the flooding as catastrophic.
Overnight, Haitians living in coastal shacks since the 2010 earthquake, sought shelter from the raging waters. Authorities said about 9,000 people are huddling in shelters across the country. Video from the International Space Station shows the massive storm crawling through the Caribbean. Later on Tuesday, the storm is expected to hit Cuba, where residents are already taking precautions.
Reuters Correspondent, Sara Marsh is in Guantanamo City.>> People here are bracing for the worst. They boarded up the windows of their homes with cardboard or with wood or whatever they can find. The shops and the restaurants are all closed now and the city is increasingly looking deserted.
We've seen the government evacuate a lot of coastal areas, in the last few days, they are likely to be affected by flooding. They've taken them inland to shelters in schools and in universities.>> Matthew could reach Florida by Thursday, as a weaker but still pretty major hurricane.>> If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven't seen in years.
>> Governor Rick Scott declaring a state of emergency for Florida and putting the National Guard on standby.