- Title: Guantanamo prepares for Hurricane Matthew
- Date: 4th October 2016
- Summary: GUANTANAMO, CUBA (OCTOBER 4, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CAR WITH LOUDSPEAKERS ON IT DRIVING THROUGH STREETS ANNOUNCING THE HURRICANE WET ROAD PALM TREES TAPE OVER DOOR OF BUSINESS WITH SIGN READING "CLOSED" MAN TURNING KEY IN LOCK TO LOCK UP BUSINESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MANAGER OF STATE SHOP, MAYDI ODILIO SOL, SAYING: "The people know that the hurricane is coming and logically, it is impossible for us to offer services under these circumstances." GREY SKIES BUSINESS WITH WINDOWS COVERED WITH METAL TREES BLOWING IN WIND EVACUEES IN SHELTER BOTTLES OF WATER (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EVACUEE, OSMARI LEYEN, SAYING: "The conditions are what they are and one has to look - like I have children - I have to look for evacuation to protect my daughter." VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING CARDS WET STREET PEOPLE RIDING BICYCLES IN STREET
- Embargoed: 19th October 2016 20:07
- Keywords: Hurricane Matthew wind rain shelter
- Location: GUANTANAMO, CUBA
- City: GUANTANAMO, CUBA
- Country: Cuba
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA00152LDDTZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Guantanamo prepared on Tuesday (October 4) for the onset of Hurricane Matthew as the storm pounded Haiti.
A car fitted with a loudspeaker circulated through the streets announcing details of the storm as residents boarded up homes and businesses.
Although Matthew is being called the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, many seemed to take it in stride.
"The people know that the hurricane is coming and logically, it is impossible for us to offer services under these circumstances," said store manager Maydi Odilio Sol.
Many evacuated their homes as rain started to fall.
"The conditions are what they are and one has to look - like I have children - I have to look for evacuation to protect my daughter," said Osmari Leyen, who went to a shelter.
As Guantanamo prepped, the eye of the storm passed over the western tip of Haiti, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, bringing devastating winds, torrential rains and a storm surge with massive waves.
A hurricane watch was issued for parts of southeast Florida, which the forecasters said Matthew could reach late on Thursday.
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