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Tracking the tropics: Hurricane Matthew

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Carmela Zoppi | 03 Ottobre, 2016, 20:05

Officials along the coast of Volusia County already started their preparation.

Also, the US State Department called for a travel warning on Sunday and urging citizens in Haiti to evacuate quickly. In Haiti, the water could be 7 to 10 feet above normal and in Cuba, the water could be 7 to 11 feet higher, the Hurricane Center said.

The U.S. State Department warned American citizens to leave both Haiti and the Bahamas in advance of the storm.

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that threatened Jamaica, Haiti, and Cuba.

The latest projections show its center likely to strike the southwestern tip of Haiti on Monday.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) here has released the official list of hurricane shelters and has implemented an emergency warning system to better prepare and inform the public about a disaster about to impact the country.

Deadly Hurricane Matthew continued a slow crawl through the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, forecast to bring devastating winds and rain to Haiti and Jamaica as it moves northward Monday.

Base officials said remaining personnel would seek shelter in designated locations including their homes.

The base has a population of about 5,500, including 61 men held at the detention center for terrorism suspects.

The government of Haiti has opened 1,300 emergency shelters as a powerful hurricane heads that way.

Warnings have been broadcast over the radio urging people to pay attention to evacuation warnings, especially because some people are expected to try to stay in their homes to protect them from damage.

"The message we have for people in Florida is just closely monitor Matthew", he said. The islands could receive "life-threatening" amounts of rain, with 15, 20 or, in isolated areas, 40 inches of rain causing flash flood and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. Sunday advisory.

The forecast track would also carry Matthew into the Bahamas.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Vulnerable Haiti braced for flash floods and violent winds from the extremely unsafe Hurricane Matthew as the powerful storm kept on a path early Monday aiming at the hemisphere's poorest country.

In addition, unsafe storm surges can be anticipated, bringing tide levels up as high as 11 feet above normal in areas of Cuba, as high as 15 feet above normal in the central and southeastern-Bahamas and as high as 10 feet above normal on Haiti's south coast.

The government banned boating along the country's coastlines starting Saturday.

Throughout the Caribbean, particularly in Jamaica, residents are heading to supermarkets to stock up on bottled water, batteries, flashlights and gas lamps.

"It has been chaos", shopkeeper Melain Azan told the BBC.

Shopper Nardia Powell said she was stocking up because she learned a hard lesson when she was unprepared for Hurricane Ivan in 2004, as were many others.

She conceded fear with Matthew, as she did during Ivan, but ultimately said: "You know, I trust in God".

As of 8pm, the storm was located 265 miles south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and 335 miles south-southwest of Port Au Prince, Haiti. It was traveling north-northwest at 5 miles per hour (7 kph).

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