Haiti and Jamaica are gearing up for vicious Hurricane Matthew, a storm that is predicted to produce 145-mph winds, torrential rainfall, flash floods, and mudslides. Currently, residents and hundreds of employees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are evacuating.
While some residents believe and have faith that they will be safe staying in their homes, the National Weather Service is urging citizens to take the proper precautions and “preparations to protect [their lives].”
After the 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti, the country’s infrastructure is still weak. The 2010 earthquake caused 200,000 deaths. Cuba, Eastern Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic also face threats from the hurricane.
700 employees, their families, and family pets at Guantanamo Bay were evacuated by military planes of United States. The evacuation was mandatory. While the employees were airlifted to Florida, the 61 prisoners currently detained are not being evacuated.
15 to 25 inches of rain are expected to fall over the course of the next few days. Storm shelters are currently in operation, and flights from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and Fly Jamaica Airways have been cancelled.