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Caribbean Nations Prepare For Hurricane Matthew
A category 4 storm with 140 mile per hour wind could be the worst disaster in the Caribbean since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
Clouds cover the mountains of Petion Ville as rain falls in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, on Oct. 3. Hurricane Matthew has left one person dead and another missing in Haiti, officials said Monday, as it churns through the Caribbean as the worst storm in nearly a decade.
A woman adjusts a plastic cap ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti.
Hurricane Matthew bore down on Haiti on Monday, where towns and villages braced for "catastrophic" floods and mudslides that forecasters fear will be triggered by 140 mile-per-hour winds and up to 3 feet of rain over its denuded hills. Winds and rain began picking up in the southwest of the Caribbean country, but the center of Matthew, a violent Category 4 storm, is not due until late on Monday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Residents secure the roof of their wooden house prior the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in the village Paraguay, Guantanamo, Cuba, Oct. 3. A hurricane warning is in effect for Jamaica, Haiti, and the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Granma and Las Tunas - as well as the southeastern Bahamas.
A man says goodbye to relatives as they get in a bus to be evacuated ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in Secilia, Cuba, Oct. 3.
In Cuba, where the storm is due to hit on Tuesday, evacuation operations were well underway with most tourists in the eastern town of Santiago de Cuba moved inland and given instructions on where to shelter in hotels during the hurricane.