Hurricane Matthew causes devastation

Hurricane Matthew causes devastation

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10 October 2016

Matthew became a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday 9 October, after leaving a path of destruction in the Caribbean and the Southeast coast of the United States of America.

A major international humanitarian effort was mounted for Haiti, which suffered widespread devastation and hundreds of casualties from winds, flash floods, and storm surges. Matthew hit Haiti as a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts. 

Haiti: Humanitarian Updates available here.             

It was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Haiti since 1963, when Hurricane Flora claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people. There was unprecedented national mobilization and preparation ahead of Matthew’s landfall, with coordination between Haiti’s meteorological and hydrological services, disaster management authorities and development agencies.

WMO has been working to rehabilitate the National Meteorological and Hydrological Service, which was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, and will continue this support in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.  

The Dominican Republic and Cuba were also badly hit by Matthew.

The threat of life-threatening flooding continued on 10 Octrober over portions of eastern North Carolina which received record rains from Matthew, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were also impacted.

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