October 06, 2016
October 5, 2016
Hurricane Matthew is a category 4 storm having a major impact on the Caribbean. The storm is bringing strong winds, heavy rain and storm surges, with the brunt of the storm arriving in Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, October 3. These conditions are expected to trigger flash floods, landslides
and mudflows, endangering lives and leading to extensive property damage. As of October 5, the storm is still impacting Cuba and the Bahamas and slowing moving towards the United States, which has issued large scale evacuations on the east coast. In Haiti, initial assessments are now ongoing but are slow due to limited access and communication particularly with remote areas. A bridge connecting Port-au-Prince to the southwest area of the country has collapsed, which will further hamper assessment and relief efforts.