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Caribbean braces for Hurrican Matthew

Sunday, October 02, 2016 - 01:33

Caribbean nations in the path of Hurrican Matthew prepare for the worst as the fiercest storm in years threatens widespread damage. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The fiercest storm to cross the Caribbean for years is forecast to make landfall on on Monday in Jamaica and Haiti - Cubans at least have until early Tuesday to get ready. The government's declared the first stage of an emergency in five eastern provinces on the storm's predicted path. President Raul Castro travelled to the city of Santiago de Cuba to oversee preparations. The U.S has ordered the evacuation of all personnel and their families from the Guantanamo naval base. Jamaica and Haiti will be the first to take the full force of the Caribbean's worst storm since 2007. Hurricane Matthew's packing winds up to 240 kilometres an hour and bringing with it heavy rain which could trigger deadly floods and landslides. Residents in the Jamaican capital, Kingston, are preparing as best they can, stocking up on food and fuel. The country prime minister admits some people will ignore evacuation orders despite the dangers. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER ANDREW HOLNESS SAYING: "Some persons will resist, so what we're trying to do is get our citizens to comply in their own interest which would certainly save resources having to be deployed in a time of emergency when it will be difficult to respond." Hurricane Matthew's dropped down a notch from the maximum category 5 it was first ranked. That's little consolation to those in its path who can only wait for the onslaught and hope for the best.

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Caribbean braces for Hurrican Matthew

Sunday, October 02, 2016 - 01:33