Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti with full fury

The eye of Hurricane Matthew as seen from space. Photo: NASA
The eye of Hurricane Matthew as seen from space. Photo: NASA

Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in western Haiti packing winds of up to 145 miles per hour

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said the eye of the Category 4 hurricane made landfall around 7:00 a.m. near Les Anglais, Haiti.

“They are getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them,” Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the NHC said.

Haiti’s Interim President Jocelerme Privert said a number of people have already been killed.

“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,” he said.

Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries and many of its residents live in wooden or corrugated steel shacks in areas prone to flooding and Matthew is expected to dump 40 inches of rain in some areas.

Flooding is the biggest concern in Haiti, which is still struggling to fully recover more than six years after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. Thousands of people still live in tents after the quake.

The authorities have told people to stock up on food and water and many have been told to evacuate their homes, especially in the largest slum in Port-au-Prince, home to 150,000 residents.

Hurricane Matthew is the region’s most powerful since Felix in 2007.

Haitian authorities have been trying to persuade people to evacuate their homes. Photo: AP
Haitian authorities have been trying to persuade people to evacuate their homes. Photo: AP

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  1. observer
    October 4, 2016

    Good night all. Reading the comments I feel to make my contribution.
    First of all bot Haiti and Dominica are under developing countries. They are both very beautiful in their own ways.
    I believe that JJ is exaggerated and Caribbean National is very ignorant in their comments.
    There is what is called International migration that happens everywhere on earth. Dominicans go all over to better their lives and Haitians do the very same as well as all other citizens. But saying that Dominica is developed is an under statement.
    Please people don’t get carried away ok we are ONE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE.
    There is no superior nation nor superior people.
    A WORD TO THE WISE IS SUFFICIENT. Good night, sweet sleep and God bless!

  2. Ridiculousness
    October 4, 2016

    All Matthews I know are like that damn storm………..DEADLY!

  3. Thank you Dr. Teresman!
    October 4, 2016

    Haiti has a population of 10.3 million. They are on the doorstep of the USA and the country is ripe for plundering. So let’s ‘depopulate’.

    They can’t be ‘bombed out’ and rebuilt like Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan – too obvious. So what you do is that you ‘hurricane’ them out and then the ‘aid’ programs come in.

    These ‘aid’ programs are normally supported by public donations, or government money. What a wonderful way to launder money all the way to your own coffers and those of your mates?

    Our masters certainly are clever!!

    By the way, see here how these sons of Lucifer make hurricanes. You will be truly disgusted :

  4. OldMercs
    October 4, 2016

    Where I am in a Concrete house we are OK in Delmas, Port ur Prince, The wind and rain steady through the night & morning, but have been through much worse in Dominica. So this area has not to much damage. I have no idea of the numbers but there are many, many people still living under tarpaulins or tin shacks with no drainage or sanitation. If you want someone to pray for, pray for them

  5. Pray for All
    October 4, 2016

    It’s hard for people to leave their homes. But people need to understand that when events like hurricanes are upon them, your life rather than possessions is what matters. I say a special prayer not just for Haitians but for all lives in the path of H.M.

  6. jj
    October 4, 2016

    I wish the news reporters will stop stating utter Crap by indicating Haïtiens lives in corragated houses or in wooden houses yes some do but the majority live in really huge houses far bigger than Dominican standards I could say Dominica is also poor and people live poorly but not everyone does and yes some do so stop saying nonsense reporter thank you

    • Caribbean National
      October 4, 2016

      What am I hearing and reading there? Don’t you hear yourselves. You curse yourself, don’t curse other Dominicans. If you choose to live below standards then you did not pay attention to sound education. Just looking at what you utter is pure Rubbish. My island is green , it is developed, we have food in abundance and we spend like crazy.

      Haitians come here to live a better life and they’re making it in a country that you say is worse than there’s. Shame on you.

    • Just for You
      October 6, 2016

      There are 10 million of them. There are only 70K Dominincans living on a ‘zika’-infested piece of land where you steal a dasheen, you get your butt trashed.

  7. verna
    October 4, 2016

    feel sorry for them…but the facts are….99% voodoo and 1% Christianity..

    a country which was fully blessed with talent, something screwed up somewhere?

    maybe the first sentence tells the tail?

    • huh?
      October 4, 2016

      Who are you to judge??

    • jj
      October 4, 2016

      Dominica is just the same worse than HAITI full it in your country dear Verna but not open like Haiti that’s only difference all very underneath! vOILA dear lady

      • jj
        October 4, 2016

        This is for VERNA

      • Caribbean National
        October 4, 2016

        Haitians come to Dominica to live a better life which means that we are more developed. Don’t be putting your curse on my island or get out, why are you here still, you don’t belong in Dominica. My island is rich, we don’t live in Corrugated houses, maybe you use to live in Haiti before but we live a good life here. Mal elive’

  8. marie-claire
    October 4, 2016

    This is so sad. praying for them

  9. John Teresman, PhD (weather warfare specialist)
    October 4, 2016

    Here is how the USA engineered Hurricane Matthew.

    Yes, you can dismiss this post, but BEFORE DOING THIS, at least for your children and friends, consider the FACTS shown in the link above!

    The US Department of Homeland Security according to a recent CNN report has in fact entered the weather modification business big time and has published a comprehensive range of patents to back that up. The US now can make hurricanes, limit them and stop them. This is in contravention of a number of world treaties that BAN weather warfare. They do it anyway for their own purposes.

    Note that their patents show how they can WARM the atmosphere!!! Now you know what man-made global warming is all about and who is behind it!

    Wake up folk and PROTEST!!!!!!

    • Thank you Dr. Teresman!
      October 4, 2016

      Hi John,

      Thank you so much of this.

      A breath of fresh air in the sea of deception that surrounds us.

      It seems that the idiots and truth deniers are very quick with their dislike buttons.

      But have any these dumbed-down monkeys viewed the video and researched your excellent reporting? No, they haven’t. You know why, they are a slave race, dedicated to their white masters who are destroying them.


      • Too Hard Too Long.
        October 4, 2016

        I read up to the part of “dumbed-down monkeys”.

      • Natalie Jones, RN
        October 5, 2016

        Hey friend,

        You got a response from ‘Too Hard Too Long’ – sadly though his atention-span is ADHD symptomatic as he could only read up to the ‘dumbed down monkeys’ part. I guess that’s kind of appropriate in any event, don’t you think?

  10. Betty Boop
    October 4, 2016

    Bondiay! Aylas….Poor Haiti…I was so afraid the day Matthew passed us and it was just a tropical storm then. Much more for that Category 4 hurricane.

    God be with you, Haiti.

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