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Haiti - FLASH : Hurricane Matthew, the current situation
Matthew is moving toward the north near 9 mph (15 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected by Wednesday, followed by a northwest turn Wednesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will pass near or over southwestern Haiti during the next few hours, move near eastern Cuba later today, and move near or over portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas tonight and Wednesday, and approach the northwestern Bahamas Wednesday night.
During the day after crossing the South and Grand'Anse departments, Matthew will continue its way north and affect the Nippes, West, Artibonite and Northwest in particular.
Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through at least Wednesday night.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).
For its part the National Meteorological Centre (CNM) of Haiti indicates "The Matthew Category 4 hurricane comes a little faster towards the southern coast of Haiti with possibility to fully reach the soil of the country to the previous deadline. To this end, Haiti remains under extreme threat compared to strong gales, significant rainfall totals from 300 to 600 mm. Therefore, the risk of severe flooding accompanied by mudslides and cases of marine submersion remain evident across the country with a higher intensity for the South coast."
The Electricity of Haiti announced, by agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, that, for security reasons, the locks of the dam Péligre pour at least 100m3 of water per second, during the passage of Hurricane Matthew, against 85m3 normally. Local residents downstream of the Artibonite River, especially those living near the mouth (5th communal section of Saint-Marc and Grande Saline) have to be vigilant.
In the Great South and West population rushes to temporary shelters. The numbers have doubled in less than two hours : 6,416 people.
Many coastal towns are partly flooded by sea : Anse-d'Hainault, Tiburon, Les Cayes, Boucan, Chardonnière, Les Irois, Dame-Marie, Les Anglais... In total 11 communes of the Great South are already flooded because of the rising level of the sea.
There was a landslide in Anse Milieu causing breakage of traffic (Route Les Anglais and Tiburon)
A big wind has created panic in Pointe-à-Raquette (Gonâve Island) it is a tropical storm wind.
In Les Irois, Anse-d'Hainault Dame Marie, Abricots, Jérémie, Roseau, Pestel, Baradères heavy rain, wind and rough seas.
Violent gusty winds are shaking the city of Jérémie
Following a marine submersion, several coastal cities were flooded, including Port-Salut, where one person died. The latter not had time to evacuate its house.
In the West, Port-au-Prince and Delmas are beginning to seriously feel the gusts of wind.
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