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Hurricane Matthew Bears Down on Haiti and Other Island Nations


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Hurricane Matthew Bears Down on Haiti and Other Island Nations

Oxfam International

Hurricane Matthew, a dangerous storm whose top sustained winds have sometimes reached 160 miles per hour, is churning through the Caribbean, with Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas in its path.

Torrential rains are expected, with 25 inches—possibly up to 40 in places—predicted for southern Haiti. High winds will likely topple trees, damage homes, and trigger mudslides and power outages, and the slow pace of the storm along its path—prolonging wind and downpours—could intensify its impact.