PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Southwest Haiti is under a tropical storm alert as Hurricane Matthew, a powerful category 4, is not expected to pose a direct threat to the country. But cousins in Jamaica are on full hurricane alert, expecting a direct landfall within the next 48 hours.
Haiti’s National Meteorological Center (CNM), in its latest report, Friday 7 a.m., said that the storm could dump hundreds of millimeters of rain (ranging around 2 feet). Gale force winds, 40-plus miles per hour, are expected on Sunday.
Jamaica is expecting the worst. There seems to be an overall consensus in tracking data that shows the storm will cross directly over the neighboring island west-southwest of Haiti by midday Monday.
It ought to dissipate some when it continues over eastern Cuba, early Tuesday morning, and will go across the Bahamas and U.S. Virgin Islands in the latter half of the week, still as a hurricane.
Matthew has already killed one person, a child on the island of Saint Vincent.
Slow Movement Determining
The slow movement of the storm in the lower Caribbean basin is most concerning for meteorologists. As of Saturday morning, Matthew still had not made its sharp turn north that was expected. This could give the system time to strengthen and threaten more of southern United States.
On CNN, it is believed if the storm takes a bit longer to move north and continues westward, greater portions of Florida may fall into the cone of uncertainty. As of right now, the Carolinas up the Eastern Seaboard into New York are expected to see land fall early the week after next.