Hurricane Matthew leaves a trail of devastation across Haiti
MIAMI - Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm in the Caribbean for several years, swept across southwest Haiti on Tuesday, leaving a trail of death and devastation over much of the country, with homes and plantations destroyed, livestock swept away and widespread flooding.
The tidal surge resulting from the category four storm flooded a number of coastal cities, including Belle-Anse and Tiburon, HaitiLibre reported. At Haut Jaboin, one person died when the sea flooded his house.
Floods and landslides were also reported in Jérémie and Les Cayes.
With transmission lines blown down, power outages were reported in many places, including the capital, Port-au-Prince. Generating stations in the south of the country were shut down during the passage of the storm.
Cellular communications were becoming increasingly difficult in the Grand Anse area and the south of the country. However, teams were waiting to restore service as soon as the weather allowed.
Rivers, including the Grise, were swollen with flood water, resulting in extremely powerful currents.
Meanwhile, the eye of Matthew was expected to move over the extreme portion of eastern Cuba later Tuesday afternoon. Cuban authorities evacuated about one million people from coastal regions, while the US Navy ordered the evacuation of about 700 non-essential staff from its base at Guantanamo Bay.