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Hurricane Matthew charges toward Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba

Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 01:11

Islanders stock up on food, water and other supplies as powerful Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. Diane Hodges reports.

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At stores in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, shoppers are piling carts full of canned goods, crackers and water, lots and lots of water. They're getting ready for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. The storm weakened slightly on Saturday, but it's still the most powerful storm to churn through the Atlantic since Felix in 2007. Winds are topping out at 145 miles per hour, making it a Category 4 storm, much stronger than Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005. Forecasters say Matthew could be the most powerful storm to cross Jamaica since they began keeping records. They expect Matthew to arrive at Jamaica's southern coast sometime Monday, putting it on course to hit Kingston, as well as Jamaica's only oil refinery. Motorists are lining up at gasoline stations to stock up on fuel. The prime minister's office said workers are preparing emergency shelters across the country. Disaster coordinators, police and troops are on standby.

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Hurricane Matthew charges toward Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba

Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 01:11