PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Category 4, Hurricane Matthew, continues to edge north by northeast with tracking models showing that the slow-moving storm’s eye will pass between Haiti and Jamaica. Landfall on the southwestern Haitian peninsula has not been precluded according to projections.
Although Matthew is still far off the coast, the Civil Protection Agency reported Monday morning that two fisherman on the southern coast were killed in rough waters. One man’s boat cap-sized off the coast of Saint-Jean du Sud and another was found dead on the beach in Aquin. Another boat of four fishermen was reported to have capsized. 3 of the passengers were rescued and one is missing.
School has been cancelled for the entire country but still a significant number of parents were spotted trying to take their children to school. Flights in and out of Haiti’s two major airports, Toussaint Louverture International Airport (IATA: PAP), in Port-au-Prince, and Hugu Chavez International Airport (IATA: CAP) in Cap-Haitien, have been cancelled until 6 am Tuesday. It is likely this suspension of flights will be extended.
Rainfall is expected at 2-3 feet. A storm surge along the southern coast is estimated to range from 7-10 feet, 5-8 feet along the Bay of Port-au-Prince and the Island of La Gonave.