Hurricane Matthew is said to be the most powerful Atlantic tropical storm in almost a decade.
Hurricane Matthew made landfall early Tuesday on the southwestern coast of Haiti.
The category 4 storm sustained winds of 145 miles per hour according to the National Hurricane Center.
“We’re expecting a lot of houses to go down because of the poor housing infrastructure in a lot of the rural areas where we work,”John Hasse, an aid worker in Haiti, told USA Today. “With wind this strong, it will be extremely damaging and dangerous.”
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Haiti’s civil protection agency has reported one death, a fisherman, making a total of three casualties for Hurricane Matthew so far.
The National Hurricane Center expects the storm to move on to another landfall on the eastern end of Cuba. Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth predicts Hurricane Matthew could possibly impact the U.S., NBC reports.
“Unfortunately, the models continue to show a westward trend,” Roth said. “That means the potential for a landfall or some impacts in the U.S. is increasing.”
NBC’s Bill Karins predicts the Matthew will remain a Category 4 when it nears Florida on Thursday and would likely be a Category 2 or 3 when it reaches Georgia and North Carolina, Friday.