Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti


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(CNN) – The eye of Hurricane Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais, Haiti, Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Matthew continues to be a very dangerous Category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph. A second landfall is possible later Tuesday as the storm approaches the eastern tip of Cuba.

Haiti braced for a brutal beating early Tuesday as Hurricane Matthew slowly closed in on the Caribbean nation.
The storm packing 145-mph winds had already killed at least three people, caused cruise ships to change course and prompted the governors of Florida and North Carolina to declare states of emergency.
At 5 a.m. ET Monday, the Category 4 hurricane was plodding along at about 9 mph as the eye of the storm approached southwest Haiti, the National Weather Service said. Matthew is expected to either make landfall or skirt the Haitian coast sometime after daybreak.
Ferocious rain and wind thrashed Haiti throughout early Monday. Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency reported the coastal towns of Anse-d’Hainault and Tiburon had partially flooded. Up to 40 inches of rain could be dumped on the impoverished nation — one still recovering from a devastating earthquake that struck six years ago.
“It could make landfall at any time,” Interim Haitian President Jocelerme Privert said at a news conference. “We’ve already seen deaths. People who were out at sea. There are people who are missing. They are people who didn’t respect the alerts. They’ve lost their lives.”
As Matthew drenched Haiti with dozens of inches of rain, Cuba, the Bahamas and the United States took steps to prepare for the storm’s arrival in the coming days.

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