Shell Energy Entrepreneurs banner Yudala banner
‘Storm of the century’ heads for Florida after killing 283 in Haiti

By News Express on 07/10/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 865


Hurricane Matthew is being called “a monster” and truly the proverbial “storm of the century” as it heads toward Florida’s east coast.

Matthew has already left hundreds dead in the Caribbean, including at least 283 on Haiti.
As of late Thursday, Matthew was pounding the western end of Grand Bahama Island and is moving northwest with a direct hit on Florida expected by early Friday.
It is a powerful Category 4 storm with top sustained winds of 210 kilometers per hour.
Florida officials are calling anyone who decided not to evacuate “fools” and “idiots”, and cannot stress enough that this is an extremely dangerous storm with a potentially disastrous impact on the state.
President Barack Obama has already declared a state of emergency for Florida and South Carolina.
National Guard activated
Florida Governor Rick Scott has activated 3,500 National Guard troops. Experts say parts of the state could be uninhabitable for weeks after the storm.
Some Florida residents who have lived in the state 50 years or more and have lived through the worst mother nature can dish up fled their homes, telling reporters Matthew looks like a “bad one.”
Spokesman Raphael Lemaitre of the Federal Emergency Management Administration told VOA the agency has personnel and other resources ready to go.
“We have commodities on the ground already prelocated in several different staging areas throughout the potentially affected areas. Things like food, water, blankets, cots. We also have personnel on the ground there, rapid response teams,” Lemaitre said.
Forecasters say the greatest danger from the storm is not the wind, but the heavy storm surge that can be as high as 4.5 metres above normal tides.
Devastation in Haiti
Matthew has left behind painful scenes of misery on Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
The government said at least 283 people have been killed and the death toll is sure to rise, not just from the storm itself but from cholera and other post-storm dangers.
The only bridge connecting the southern peninsula to the Haitian mainland was washed away, making the full extent of the damage in the south frustratingly unknown.
Interim Haitian President Jocelerme Privert flew over the southern peninsula in a U.S. Coast Guard plane Wednesday and described the situation as “catastrophic.”
The World Bank has a team in Haiti and is in the process of allocating funds to help with relief efforts.
“Our staff on the ground are already working with the Ministry of Public Works to begin restoring access to the hardest hit areas in the south of the country, including a key bridge that was washed away,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said.
The United Nations says nearly 6 million Haitians have been affected by the storm with 350,000 people needing immediate aid.
The U.S. Navy has nine military helicopters, an aircraft carrier and troops on hand in response to the Haitian government’s request for help. Some of the helicopters are equipped for search-and-rescue missions and others for transporting supplies.
Dave Herman, of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said the U.S. government is working “very diligently” with Catholic Relief Services and the Red Cross to ensure relief aid is distributed to Haiti’s most vulnerable people.
Haiti has postponed Sunday’s presidential election. Matthew also caused widespread destruction on Cuba, but no deaths.
•Text courtesy of VOA. Photo shows aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Source News Express

Posted 07/10/2016 2:07:16 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

 

You may also like...
ACF mourns Gov. Iris Wada’s father

Man who lost 36 elections runs again

Hunters rescue 32 women abducted by Boko Haram’s...

INEC Chairman, IGP assure of hitch-free governorship poll...

Lagos: Traders move against proposed demolition of Ogba...

FG soon to commence payment of workers’ outstanding...

Abia schedules LG election on Christmas Eve, candidates...

Nigerian star dares Messi

Edo registers 170,000 unemployed persons

Revealed: HOW NIGERIAN PRESIDENTS LOOT OIL REVENUE THROUGH...

Buhari hails Okoro’s World Bank job

Akpabio implores students to embrace science education

 

Latest News FG queries Magu, Keyamo over corruption charges against CCT Chairman Israel, Iran clash over nuclear threat Exodus hits Ekiti community over fear of attack by herdsmen Nigeria in a state of uncertainty and confusion under Buhari — Cardinal Onaiyekan Boss Mustapha, Rotimi Amaechi have derailed; they should resign now: HURIWA Fulani herdsmen fighting us because Benue frustrated 1804 Jihad — Ortom ‘Kano Big Girl’ arrested for impersonation No crisis in Nigeria; country in safe, competent hands — Minister It was horrible working with Pinnick-led NFF — Oliseh Police nabs 3 over Zamfara killings Bayelsa soon to become hub for medical tourism, says Obasanjo ‘Black Panther’ smashes Box Office records

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (324,992 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (316,532 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (253,144 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (207,800 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (194,156 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (186,788 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (162,251 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (145,600 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (139,861 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (128,793 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (127,259 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (122,591 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business (2,894) Business Verdict (33) Columnists (802) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (203) Entertainment (446) Features (548) Global Business Monitor (225) International (1,797) Interviews (143) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (104) News (32,932) Opinion (883) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,503) Religion (677) Sports (1,434) Stock Watch (27) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN Banner advert

CBN Words on marble

 

 

Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement