(CNN) – A hurricane packing 140-miles-per-hour winds is threatening destruction. Already Hurricane Matthew has become deadly; claiming at least three lives. Now the category four storm has Haiti and other nations in it’s path as it moves through the Caribbean Sea.
Hammers, drills, and chainsaws. People in the Caribbean using them all attempting to get ready for Matthew.
“If we are not prepared, then disaster will catch us unaware,” said Sean Thomas.
The storm is a wet one. Parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic may see downpours of up to 40 inches. Eastern Cuba and some of the Bahamas could see up to a foot of rain and Jamaica could see up to 10 inches.
“What is heading our way is something that Jamaica has not seen in decades,” said Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.
Two hundred and fifty miles above the storm cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Matthew. The eye well defined. Surrounded by massive clouds. The United States is carefully watching the forecast.
“FEMA is deploying officials to state emergency operations centers in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Multiple cruise lines rerouted trips to get out of Matthew’s path and Governors in Florida and North Carolina have declared states of emergency.
“If Matthew directly impacts Florida, there will be massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.
“Our goal is to be over-prepared and hopefully underwhelmed,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.