rricane Matthew slamming into Haiti Tuesday with life-threatening rain, wind, and a storm surge spreading over parts of the island, the US National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday. Haitians living in vulnerable coastal shacks frantically seeking shelter with villages bracing for catastrophic floods and mud slides. Matthew, a violent category four hurricane packing 145 mile per hour winds, is the strongest Caribbean storm in nine years.
Video taken from the International Space station shows the massive storm charging through the Caribbean. The storm is especially dangerous as it's a slow moving one. That means it could dump a lot more rain, potentially causing landslides and triggering devastating floods. The cyclone comes at a fraught time for Haiti, where tens of thousands of people still live in tents after a 2010 earthquake that killed nearly 200,000 people.
In Cuba where Matthew was due to reach on Tuesday, evacuation operations were well under way. The US airlifting hundreds of military families from its base at Guantanamo Bay. Matthew is forecast to sweep over Cuba to the Bahamas on Tuesday, and possibly reach Florida by Thursday as a major but perhaps weakened hurricane.
On Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the state.