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Hurricane to hit Caribbean islands


Matthew forecast to have catastrophic impact
The highest hurricane warnings have been posted in Haiti, eastern Cuba and central and south-eastern Bahamas, as the biggest hurricane the Caribbean has seen in years gathers strength.
The latest forecasts suggest a path for Hurricane Matthew into western Haiti, parts of Jamaica, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas, with an increasing threat to Florida and the south-eastern US coast. Intense rainfall, large swells, coastal flooding and beach erosion are a certainty and the strike on Haiti is potentially catastrophic, Weather.com writes.
“While there remains significant uncertainty in the track of Matthew in the long range, the threat to Florida and the south-eastern US coast has increased,” the USA’s National Hurricane Center says in its most recent advisory.
Hurricane warnings for the Bahamas include the Inaguas, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Ragged Island, Long Island, Exuma, Rum Cay, San Salvador and Cat Island.
Hurricane watches continue for the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Cuban province of Camaguey and the north-western Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island and New Providence.
The category 4 hurricane could deposit up to 40 inches (102cm) of rain in some areas, with flash floods and mudslides likely.
It is expected in Jamaica on Tuesday morning local time, in Haiti and the Dominican Republic through Tuesday, in eastern Cuba late on Tuesday, and in southeast and central Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos on Tuesday night and at least until Wednesday night.


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