Homes lay in ruins two days after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti.
Homes lay in ruins two days after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti. Dieu Nalio Chery

Matthew continues the destruction

MATTHEW, the first major hurricane to deliver a direct hit on the US in more than 10 years, has hit Florida after blasting the Bahamas and killing 350 people in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.

Roads in Florida and nearby states were jammed with people fleeing. Fuel stops and shops ran out of supplies as the storm approached, bringing huge waves, heavy rain and sustained 220kmh winds.

Matthew grew back into a category 4 storm as it approached Florida.

More than 100,000 people were without power as the hurricane warning area was extended north into Georgia, and more than 12 million people were under hurricane watches or warnings.

"Everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

Schools and airports across the region closed on Thursday and some hospitals were evacuated.

Haiti has had 9000 deaths from cholera since 2010 and health officials are bracing for a surge due to severe damage to water supplies and sewerage infrastructure.



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