>> The fiercest storm to cross the Caribbean for years is forecast to make landfall on Monday in Jamaica and Haiti. Cubans at least have until early Tuesday to get ready. The government's declared the first stage of an emergency in five eastern provinces on the storm's predicted path. President Raul Castro traveled to the city of Santiago de Cuba to oversee preparations.
The US has ordered the evacuation of all personnel and their families from the Guantanamo Naval Base. Jamaica and Haiti will be the first to take the full force of the Caribbean's worst storm since 2007. Hurricane Matthew's packing winds up to 240 kilometers and hour and bringing with it heavy rain which could trigger deadly floods and landslides.
Residents of the Jamaican capital, Kingston, are preparing as best they can, stocking up on food and fuel. The country's prime minister admits some people will ignore evacuation orders despite the dangers.>> So what we are trying to do is to get our citizens to comply in their own interests.
Which would certainly save resources having to be deployed in a time of emergency, when it would be difficult to respond.>> Hurricane Matthew's dropped down a notch from the maximum category five it was first ranked. That's little consolation to those in its path who can only wait for the onslaught and hope for the best.