Matthew Moves Slowly Towards Cuba

Hurricane Matthew's projected path. National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Matthew’s projected path. National Hurricane Center

HAVANA TIMES — The center of monster hurricane Matthew is now predicted to reach far eastern Cuba by sometime Tuesday afternoon/evening, reports the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.

During the early hours of Monday, Matthew continued its path north at only 6 mph, with authorities in Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba scrambling to be as prepared as possible.

The category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale now packs maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, a slight drop from Sunday, with stronger gusts.  The storm also carries abundant rainfall in its path.

At 6am on Monday the Cuban Weather Service (Insmet) located the center of Matthew at 335 miles south of Santiago de Cuba, 325 south of Guantanamo province and 227 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

A farmer in eastern Cuba dismantles the room of his tobacco drying facility.
A farmer in eastern Cuba dismantles the room of his tobacco drying facility in preparation for the arrival of hurricane Matthew.

Insmet reported that winds of tropical storm strength will begin to be felt in southeastern Cuba by late Monday night while rainfall will gradually increase. Strong sea surges can be expected on both coasts with coastal flooding on the south coast of Guantanamo.

Meanwhile, the NHC warns that Matthew will bring eastern Cuba 8 to 12 inches of rain with up to 20 inches in some isolated areas. It further notes that Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

The NHC says southern Haiti will likely receive between 15 and 25 inches of rain with up to 40 inches in some isolated areas.  Eastern Jamaica is now expected to receive between 5 and 10 inches of rainfall.

This rainfall in the affected countries will likely produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, warned the NHC.

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5 thoughts on “Matthew Moves Slowly Towards Cuba

  • May God protect all who are in the path of this hurricane. I pray for your safety.

  • I will keep you in my prayers…
    Please stay as safe as possible…
    Hope there wont be to many lost life and that the crops wont be too affected.

    May God protect all of you

  • I pray For my family who lives in Baracoa, eastern Cuba in a tiny fisherman village sorounded by rivers and the ocean. They are so scared!!!! I pray to God for their lives and their homes to no be destroyed

  • Prepare as best you can people and stay as safe as possible and remember to look out for each other. Please God keep people safe!

  • Since 1993 I have made 92 research trips to Cuba with most time in Eastern Cuba. I have a basic knowledge oh hurricanes.
    This what I think will happen
    1. Root crops and tree fruits will be severely damaged. Banana trees have very shallow roots ans many will be uprooted. Many outdoor toilets and toilet fields will be flooded and the contaminate water will get into wells , rivers and lakes. The power will be of so you will not be able to boil your water.
    2. Details of Hurricane Dennis here :::
    http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/rain/dennis2005.html

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