Hurricane Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Matthew at peak intensity in the Caribbean Sea on October 1.
FormedSeptember 28, 2016
DissipatedOctober 10, 2016
(Extratropical after October 9)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 165 mph (270 km/h)
Lowest pressure934 mbar (hPa); 27.58 inHg
Fatalities603 total
Damage$16.47 billion (2016 USD)
(Costliest in Haitian history)
Areas affectedWindward Islands, Leeward Antilles, Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, Southeastern United States, Atlantic Canada
Part of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Matthew was an Atlantic hurricane. This storm developed on September 28, 2016. It threatened Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Matthew hit Haiti on October 4, 2016. It struck Cuba later that evening.[1]

The storm was the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic since 2007's Hurricane Felix. Its peak winds were 160 miles per hour.

Matthew was forecast to affect the Southeastern United States from Florida to eastern North Carolina. It was also forecast to threaten New England at first. The forecast changed and later excluded New England.

The storm caused more than 1,600 deaths in Hispaniola and the Caribbean. In the United States, there were 49 deaths. The Dominican Republic had four deaths from Matthew.[2][3]

Damage in Haiti was estimated at just over $1 billion (2016 USD).

References[change | change source]

  1. Jones, Sam; Woolf, Nicky (5 October 2016). "Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall in Cuba". The Guardian. Retrieved Oct 6, 2016.
  2. "Deadly Storm Kills 572 in Caribbean". Mirror. Retrieved Oct 6, 2016.
  3. "Hurricane Matthew Kills 283 in Haiti". Radio Television Caraibes. Archived from the original on October 7, 2016. Retrieved Oct 6, 2016.