- Title: Bahamas prepares for Hurricane Matthew after it hammers western Haiti
- Date: 4th October 2016
- Summary: NASSAU, BAHAMAS (OCTOBER 3, 2016) (REUTERS) WAVES HITTING SEA WALL NEAR ROAD WAVES HITTING SEA WALL WAVES PAN FROM TRUCK WITH PLYWOOD TO DRIVE THROUGH LUMBER YARD MAN WITH ALUMINUM SIDING MAN STARTING GENERATOR GENERATOR CARS COVERED WITH TARPS WORKERS COVERING WINDOWS WITH METAL SIDING WORKER HAMMERING IN SIDING MAN PULLING DOWN TARP FROM VEHICLE SHELTER MAN UNTYING ROPE FROM VEHICLE SHELTER MAN TAKING SUNSCREEN OFF BOAT MAN WORKING ON TAKING OFF SUNSCREEN PAN OF BOATS BOATS IN WATER
- Embargoed: 19th October 2016 15:53
- Keywords: Hurricane Matthew Nassau Bahamas preparations
- Location: NASSAU, BAHAMAS
- City: NASSAU, BAHAMAS
- Country: Bahamas
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA00152LC5L3
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- Story Text: Residents in Bahamas are preparing for the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade. The storm has ripped into Haiti's southwestern peninsula early on Tuesday with 145 mile-per-hour (230 kph) winds and storm surges, killing at least one person and damaging homes.
The eye of the violent and slow-moving Category 4 storm was hovering over the western tip of Haiti, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, pounding coastal villages with strong gusts.
One man died as the storm crashed through his home in the beach town of Port Salut, Haiti's civil protection service said. He had been too sick to leave for a shelter, officials said. One fisherman was killed in heavy seas over the weekend as the storm approached, and another was missing.
Crawling north at about 9 mph (15 kph), the strongest Caribbean storm since Hurricane Felix in 2009 threatens to linger long enough for its winds and rain to cause great damage in Haiti, where it will spend much of the day before hitting Cuba and the Bahamas later on Tuesday.
Residents in Bahamas started to get ready for the storm. Bahamians went to the lumber yards to get plywood and aluminum siding to cover windows, took tarps off car shelters and prepared boats.
It could reach Florida by Thursday as a major hurricane, although weaker than at present, the hurricane center said. Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida on Monday, designating resources for evacuations and shelters and putting the National Guard on standby.
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