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Friday, 2016-10-07 12.00GMT – Hurricane Matthew hit Cuba late Tuesday night and hurtled through eastern Cuba for most of Wednesday until the eye of the storm, along with the strongest winds, departed its coast late Wednesday and move onto the US. The hardest hit region was eastern Guantanamo where towns of Baracoa and Maisi were heavily punched with the full force of category 4 storm. First reports indicate that almost 90% of the houses in the area are either destroyed or not livable anymore. Thankfully, there are no casualties reported so far.


Aftermath of hurricane Matthew in Baracoa as captured by Mike Theiss, photographer of National Geographic.

In Baracoa, the huge amount of rubble dominates the landscape close to the seafront. Barely any windows are left on the nearby buildings, private possession are scattered everywhere and the whole scene looks quite apocalyptic. Weeping residents standing next to what used to be their home is a common sight.
Baracoa is nation's oldest and most historic town. Reportedly, Chistopher Columbus set his foot here and it was first city that Spanish conquistadores settled in. Many buildings in the area dated all the way back to the 16th century. These facts make it even more heartbreaking for residents to take.


Aftermath of hurricane Matthew in Baracoa as captured by Mike Theiss, photographer of National Geographic.

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Thursday, 2016-10-06 12.00GMT – Late Wednesday night the Cuban officials discontinued hurricane warnings for Cuban regions in the East of the country. The first reports shows that the biggest impact was felt in the easternmost town of Baracoa and surrounding areas. Nearly 380.000 people were evacuated from this part. According to the first Pentagon reports the US Navy at Guantanamo Bay has suffered minimal damage.
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Hurricane Matthew Five Day Forecast (issued on 2016-10-06)
 

Wednesday, 2016-10-05 12.00GMT – Late Tuesday night (Eastern Daylight Time) hurricane Matthew pounded eastern Cuba, somewhat weakened after it had devastated Haiti. It was still category 4 storm when it hit Cuba, although couple of hours later it was downgraded to category 3. Initial report from state Cuban media suggested that the island has not suffered as it was expected. Nevertheless, tourist city of Baracoa felt the full impact and the reports of damages in that area are still to come. Nearby US Guantanamo Naval Base has evacuated women, children and pets. Santiago de Cuba, cuban second largest city was not badly hit, it was reported on local news.
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Hurricane Matthew Five Day Forecast (issued on 2016-10-05)
 

Tuesday, 2016-10-04 15.00GMT – As part of the preparations for hurricane Matthew the Cuban government has evacuated more than 38,000 people in Baracoa, Guantanamo province. The most vulnerable have been prioritised and move to state institutions, churches and solid houses which are expected to resist the strength of the storm.
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Tuesday, 2016-10-04 12.00GMT – Category 4 Hurricane Matthew is nearing Haiti although some of its side winds are already felt there at the time of this report. Some unofficial sources have claimed that even some fatalities had occurred. After passing through Haiti, it is expected that Matthew will hit eastern Cuba sometime around midnight today. It is also forecasted that the storm will lose very little of its strength. Hurricane warning is in effect for Cuban provinces of Guantanamo and Holguin, which are expected to be affected most by the storm, as well as Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Las Tunas. Province of Camaguey is currently on Hurricane Watch.
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Monday, 2016-10-03 12.00GMT – Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic tropical storm since 2007, has been continuing its travel towards Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba. Despite being downgraded to category 4 hurricane late on Saturday morning GMT time, the storm hasn't lost much of its power since then and is considered an extremely dangerous hurricane which is expected to exert a devastating blow. If some forecasters are to be believed the eye of the storm will go straight through the Cuban city of Imias in Guantanamo province. In the same region, the US government has began to evacuate some residents from its naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Hurricane Watch is well in effect in eastern Cuba, although it can be widen more to the central parts depending on the storm's movement.
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Hurricane Matthew Five Day Forecast (issued on 2016-10-03)
 

Saturday, 2016-10-01 11.00GMT – Hurricane Matthew continues to travel across the Caribbean but has weakened somewhat and now is category 4 hurricane; still very dangerous. It poses serious threat to Jamaica, Haiti and eastern Cuba. Impact on Cuba is expected early next week. The cuban officials haven’t issued any hurricane watch as yet.
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Saturday, 2016-10-01 01.00GMT – Hurricane Matthew has strengthen considerably late Friday evening, and now is very dangerous category 5 hurricane. It is believed that it is the strongest storm since Hurricane Felix in 2007. A hurricane watch is now in effect in Jamaica. Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are likely within next 48 hours and preparations for hurricane impact are being considered.
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Hurricane Matthew Five Day Forecast (issued on 2016-10-01)
 

Friday, 2016-09-30 16.00GMT – Hurricane Matthew has been upgraded to Category 3 and it is believed it will continue to strengthen. It will almost certainly hit Cuba sometime early next week, only with what force remains unclear. At the moment the Hurricane Watch in is effect in Jamaica and Cuba, although none of the officials have issued the Hurricane Warning.
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Hurricane Matthew Five Day Forecast (issued on 2016-09-30)
 

Recent Tropical Storms/Hurricanes

Hurricane Joaquin

Friday, 2015-10-02, 13.00 GMT

Hurricane Joaquin is battering Central Bahamas. As far as Cuba is concerned, there are some rainfalls expected over eastern Cuba, causing possibly dangerous flash floods.
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Friday, 2015-10-02, 01.00 GMT

Hurricane Joaquin has become category 4 hurricane and is moving slowly to the north after battering Bahamas. Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin and Guantanamo provinces.

Thursday, 2015-10-01, 22.00 GMT

Hurricane Joaquin has reached Bahamas. Hurricane Watch in effect for Grand Bahamas. Cuban government has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for four provinces in Cuban Oriente.

Tropical Storm Erika

Saturday, 2015-08-09, 12.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika appears to be dissipating over Cuba. The government of Cuba has discontinued Tropical Storm Watch and Warnings. Some rainfall of its remnants is still expected though.
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Tropical Storm Erika - predicted path 2015-08-29
Predicted path of Tropical Storm Erika as of Saturday, 2015-08-29, 01.00 GMT.

Saturday, 2015-08-09, 10.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika is still producing heavy rain over Haiti. The winds sligthly gain in speed - 80 km/h (47 mph). The storm is now only 100 km (65 miles) away from Guantanamo Bay in province Guantanamo.

Saturday, 2015-08-09, 07.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika is pounding Haiti with heavy rain. The winds maintained the speed of 75 km/h (45 mph). The storm is now only 160 km (100 miles) away from eastern tip of Cuba (province Guantanamo).

Saturday, 2015-08-29, 03.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika continued to soak the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) with heavy rain and gusty winds. The winds have decreased in speed, due to the landfall, and are now 75 km/h (45 mph). The storm is now only 235 km (130 miles) away from Cuban eastern coast.

Friday, 2015-08-28, 21.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika has made a landfall in Dominican Republic with heavy rain and gusty winds. The winds are still maintaining the speed of 85 km/h (50 mph).

Tropical Storm Erika - predicted path 2015-08-28
Predicted path of Tropical Storm Erika as of Friday, 2015-08-28, 08.00 GMT.

Friday, 2015-08-28, 15.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Watch issued for Cuba for the provinces of Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Guantanamo. The winds has not gained in speed, still 85 km/h (50 mph).

Friday, 2015-08-28, 12.00 GMT

The eye of a tropical storm Erika is approaching Dominican Republic. Heavy rain still affecting The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The winds maintain the speed of 85 km/h (50 mph).

Friday, 2015-08-28, 11.00 GMT

The first casualties of tropical storm Erika have been reported. As it made landfall on Carribean island of Dominica yesterday, Erika caused mudslides that are blamed for death of four people.

Friday, 2015-08-28, 09.00 GMT

Heavy Rain and tropical storm conditions are still affecting Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The winds have increased to 85 km/h (50 mph), reported by weather station in Puerto Rico. Tropical storm Erika is nearing Dominican Republic.

Friday, 2015-08-28, 03.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika is spreading over Puerto Rico. Dominican Republic is on alert. The winds are still 75km/h (45 mph) with higher gusts. Some flooding is expected.

Friday, 2015-08-28, 01.00 GMT

The government of Bahamas has issued a Tropical Storm Warning, while the danger has gone for Anguilla, St.Kitts and Nevis and Montserrat. The winds have remained their speed of 75 km/h (45 mph) with higher gusts.

Thursday, 2015-08-27, 21.00 GMT

The government of Dominican Republic has issued a Tropical Storm Warning. The winds have decreased in speed, they are now 75 km/h (45 mph) with higher gusts. It is expected to reach the land of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands tonight.

Thursday, 2015-08-27, 15.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika is nearing Virgin Islands and is expected to hit the land later today and Puerto Rico's soil some time tonight. The north of Dominican Republic is on its way and it will land there on Friday morning. The winds have maintain their speed at 85km/h (50 mph). Little change in strength is expected in the next 48 hours.

Thursday, 2015-08-27, 12.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika has proved to be poorly organised, in another words - unstable and unpredictable. The winds have maintain their speed at 85km/h (50 mph). Little change in strength is expected in the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Erika - predicted path 2015-08-27
Predicted path of Tropical Storm Erika as of Thursday, 2015-08-27, 08.00 GMT.

Thursday, 2015-08-27, 09.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika has reached land and is moving toward British Virgin Islands. The winds have slightly gain in speed and are now 85km/h (50mph). No actual reports about possible damages have been acquired as yet.

Thursday, 2015-08-27, 03.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika will reach northern Leeward Islands in an hour or two. Forecasters express more concern about potential flooding than wind-related damages.

Wednesday, 2015-08-26, 23.00 GMT

Tropical Storm Erika is expected to hit Leeward Islands in matter of hours. The fact that it still has the same speed forces the conclusion that it is very disorganised storm. The possible damage is expected to be more of the heavy rainfall than sustained winds which are still at 75km/h (45 mph).

Wednesday, 2015-08-26, 17.00 GMT

The government of Dominican Republic has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Tropical Storm Erika. The winds haven't gained in speed in the last 10 hours, still at 75 km/h (45mph). It is approaching Leeward Islands and is expected to produce heavy rainfall.

Wednesday, 2015-08-26, 08.00 GMT

Despite the prediction of remaining wind speed, Tropical Storm Erika has actually gained in speed to 75 km/h (45 mph). It is expected to hit the land (northern Leeward Islands) tonight, quite likely losing some strenght after. Tropical Warning has been issued for 13 nearby islands, including Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis and British Virgin Islands.

Tropical Storm Erika - predicted path 2015-08-26
Predicted path of Tropical Storm Erika as of Wednesday, 2015-08-26, 12.00 GMT.

Wednesday, 2015-08-23, 02.00 GMT

No changes of winds speed since the last report. It is 65 km/h (40 mph) and it is expected to remain like this for the next 48 hours. Tropical Storm Warning issued for three islands - Anguilla, Saba and St. Maarten. Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for another six of Leeward Islands along with Guadeloupe and, now, Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, 2015-08-25, 21.00 GMT

Winds slightly lost in speed, but still fairly strong. Tropical Storm Watch issues for Guadeloupe.

Tuesday, 2015-08-25, 08.00 GMT

Tropical storm watches in effect for 7 Leeward Islands. Winds slightly have gained in speed.

Tuesday, 2015-08-25, 03.00 GMT

Tropical storm Erika moving fast westward. No coastal watches or warning in effect as yet. Expect a Tropical Storm Watch to come soon for some parts of Leeward Islands

Monday, 2015-08-24

Tropical storm Erika formed late Monday, about 1200 km west from Leeward Islands.

 
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