Hurricane Matthew, carrying winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kph), continued to lash Florida’s central and northern coasts on Friday and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes as it hugged the state’s Atlantic coast on a northward track after killing hundreds in Haiti, Reuters reported.
At least 339 people were killed in Haiti, local officials said, and thousands were displaced after the storm flattened homes, uprooted trees and inundated neighborhoods earlier in the week. Four people were killed in the Dominican Republic, which neighbors Haiti.
Damage and potential casualties in the Bahamas were still unclear as the storm passed near the capital, Nassau, on Thursday and then moved out over the western end of Grand Bahama Island.
Airports in many parts of the storm’s past and future paths were closed and thousands of flights cancelled, stranding travelers in the Caribbean and southeastern U.S.
Matthew, the first major hurricane to threaten a direct hit on the United States in more than a decade, triggered mass evacuations along the coast from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina.
At 8:00 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), Matthew’s eye, or center, was 35 miles (55 km) east of Cape Canaveral, home to the country’s main space launch site.
No serious damage or injuries were immediately reported in Miami and other cities in South Florida where the storm had brought down trees and power lines earlier in the night, CNN and local media reported.
About 300,000 Florida households were without power, local media reported. In West Palm Beach, street lights and houses went dark and Interstate 95 was empty as the storm rolled through the community of 100,000 people.
Matthew lessened in intensity on Thursday night and into Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center said. From being an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, it became a Category 3 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, but was still a major storm.
The last major hurricane, classified as a storm bearing sustained winds of more than 110 mph (177 kph), to make landfall on U.S. shores was Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
To read complete article click here.
more recommended stories
Cozumel and Mahahual, first ports in Mexico where cruise ships will return
Shipping companies are preparing to revisit.
Rules to change after Trump – Biden dispute
One new measure could be to.
Another fatal accident on Mérida’s Periférico
MÉRIDA, Yuc., October 1, 2020.- A.
Possible cyclonic threat to the Yucatan Peninsula
Heavy rains will continue in the.
70-year-old Texas man who lived alone in Progreso found dead in his home
YUCATÁN.- A senior citizen was found.
AMLO announces construction of a new airport in Tulum
MEXICO (Times Media Mexico) – Andrés.
USGS says hundreds of earthquakes continue to rattle Southern California
Swarms of earthquakes continue to rattle the Salton.
Hundreds of migrants set out from Honduras bound to the US amid pandemic
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Associated Press).
Argentine cartoonist Quino, creator of Mafalda dies at 88
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (September 30th, 2020).-.
El Cuyo hoteliers say foreigners are harming the environment
EL CUYO, YUCATAN (September 30th, 2020).—.