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Matthew hammers Cuba's east coast: video

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 00:42

Cellphone video recorded on Tuesday evening shows the full force of Hurricane Matthew pounding Baracoa on the eastern tip of Cuba. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, powered toward the Bahamas and the U.S. coast early on Wednesday (October 05) after battering Haiti and Cuba with torrential rain, wreaking havoc among the struggling Haitian population. Dubbed by the U.N. the worst humanitarian crisis to hit Haiti since a devastating 2010 earthquake, the hurricane whipped Cuba and Haiti with 140 mile-per-hour (230 kph) winds on Tuesday, pummeling towns, farmland and resorts. In the eastern Cuban city of Baracoa, cellphone video from Tuesday (October 04) showed the power of Hurricane Matthew as it lashed the coast with strong winds and storm surge. A Category Four Hurricane through Tuesday, Matthew was downgraded to a Category Three storm early on Wednesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Making it harder to assess the severity of the impact on Haiti, Matthew knocked out communications in many of the worst-affected areas, including the main bridge that links much of the country to the southwest peninsula. Initial reports from Cuban state media suggested the island had not suffered especially severe damage. Cuba's government has traditionally made extensive efforts to cope with hurricanes, and authorities spent days organizing volunteers to get residents to safety and secure property. Officials in the Bahamas urged residents to evacuate to higher ground, and the Ministry for Grand Bahama said on Facebook that government offices in New Providence and Grand Bahama had been closed on Tuesday until further notice.

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Matthew hammers Cuba's east coast: video

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 - 00:42