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Bracing for Hurricane Matthew in Cuba

Monday, October 03, 2016 - 01:17

Cuban President Raul Castro visits eastern parts of Cuba as Hurricane Matthew slowly churns through the Caribbean. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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All may be calm for the moment but people are bracing for Hurricane Matthew in Cuba. The center of Matthew, a violent Category 4 storm, is expected to near southwestern Haiti and Jamaica Monday night. And the U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts that it will reach eastern Cuba on Tuesday. In the eastern city of Santiago, residents like Angel Jackson want to be ready. SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANGEL JACKSON, SANTIAGO RESIDENT, SAYING: "We have to prepare ourselves even more because this one is stronger than the other one that came by here, than Sandy. We must be on top of this because it is headed here." Cuban President Raul Castro met with the National Defence Council in Guantanamo Sunday as the island braces for Hurricane Matthew which could deliver winds of up to 145 miles-per-hour. Castro already visited Santiago de Cuba which is most likely to face the brunt of the powerful storm. Evacuations are already underway as residents seek safety from what comes next.

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Bracing for Hurricane Matthew in Cuba

Monday, October 03, 2016 - 01:17