Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, October 1, 2016 Under: Weather
The powerful category 3 hurricane, Matthew is expected to hit Haiti this weekend and Monday, putting the southwestern tip of the country right in the path of devastating winds and rains. The Haitian government has put out a tropical storm watch from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to Port-au-Prince.
Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in Haiti by late Sunday. Rainfall totals of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are expected across Jamaica and southern and southwestern Haiti.
Haiti is expected to suffer great damages from floods as a result of this powerful storm. Haiti is the most deforested country in the Americas and little rains usually cause great flood ravaging vulnerable communities.
Citizens are asked to stay away from ravines, rivers and river banks. The sea level is also expected to rise all along the Gonaives bay. The Haitian Red Cross says that it remains alert to respond to some of the most remote locations in the path of the storm.
Health authorities are also worrying about a possible increase of cholera cases in the days and weeks after the storm.