BY ANDREW QUINTANA / NEWS TEAM
This Tuesday Hurricane Matthew crossed Haiti’s southwestern coast and threatened the impoverished villages of many in the Caribbean nation. The category 4 hurricane hit land at 7 a.m. with winds as strong as 145 mph.
It is reported that at least seven people were killed by the hurricane over the past few days, one fatality coming from Haiti. The National Hurricane center is reporting Matthew to be the first major storm to hit Haiti in the last 50 years.
Due to this, a hurricane watch was issued for parts of Florida’s coast. The latest models predict a path edging closer to the U.S. east coast.
The National Hurricane Center spokesman, Dennis Feltgen, in Miami stated: “We still have the core (staying) off the Florida coast.” “But our present track does bring the possibility of hurricane force winds to Florida.”
The storm’s impact is expected to be felt Thursday afternoon and last until Friday. Feltgen stated that it is still too early to determine a timeline for impact along the rest of the Eastern Coast. A Hurricane watch was put in effect from Deerfield Beach, Fla. to the Volusia/Brevard county line in Central Florida. A tropical storm watch was put into effect at the seven-mile bridge in the Florida Keys.