Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live

News

news

Hurricane Matthew: Deadly storm hits Cuba and Haiti

Hurricane Matthew: Deadly storm hits Cuba and Haiti

USA

One of the fiercest Caribbean storms in nearly a decade has hammered Haiti and is now pummeling Cuba.

Hurricane Matthew is a category four storms which brought with it sea surges and powerful winds.

Matthew first hit the Dominican Republic and then swept through Haiti and Cuba and is destined for the Bahamas before barreling towards the US.

Matthew has caused much structural damage including bring power lines down and tearing off roofs.

Communications have become a problem along with collapsing walls and mudslides which have caused the deaths of several people in the region.

In Haiti the oncoming storm forced thousands to take cover as the 230 kph winds tore across towns and farm land alike.

With communications out across most of Haiti and a key bridge impassable because of a swollen river, there’s been no immediate word on the full extent of potential casualties and damage in the poorest country in the Americas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, at around 7am on Tuesday, Matthew made landfall as a category 4 hurricanes near les Anglais and Haiti.

View more