As Hurricane Matthew swept the Caribbean Tuesday, hitting Haiti and then Cuba, the massive storm carved out a deadly path. After leaving Haiti in “total disaster” and heading into Cuba, at least 11 deaths were associated with Matthew. Four deaths have been documented in the Dominican Republic and five were reported in Haiti.
The hurricane touched down in Cuba Tuesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. Casualties were difficult to number as a bridge in Haiti was also reported to be washed out, among other damages, the Associated Press reported. Flooding, major winds and torrential downpour resulted in the destruction of countless homes and towns. Roughly 1,885 homes in Haiti were flooded, 2,703 families were reported to be affected and 14,530 people were said to have been displaced by the storm, Haiti Libre reported Wednesday.
“What we know is that many, many homes have been damaged,” Interior Minister Francois Anick Joseph told the AP about the storm that hit Haiti’s southwestern peninsula. “Some lost rooftops and they’ll have to be replaced while others were totally destroyed.”
More than 100,000 people were evacuated from Cuba, but while major waves hit the island, no reports of serious damage were immediately made, the Weather Channel reported.
The Category 4 hurricane is expected to hit the U.S. Thursday, CNN reported. Thursday evening through Saturday, the storm is expected to sweep Florida through North Carolina and many homes have already been evacuated.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged residents to prepare ahead of Hurricane Matthew: "Having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death."