Hurricane Matthew – Situation Report No. 1, as of 3 October 2016
As of 1100 EST on 3 October, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew was some 330 km south-east from Kingston (Jamaica) and 440 km south-west from Port-au-Prince (Haiti) in the Caribbean Sea, moving north-west at 9 km/h,
with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA). Hurricane-force winds extend outwards up to 55 km from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outwards up to 295 km.
Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Haiti and Jamaica during the night of Monday 3 October or early morning on Tuesday 4 October. Of primary concern are potentially catastrophic impacts on Haiti, including wave heights of greater than 16 metres off its southern peninsula and storm surges of 7 to 10 feet on the south coast.
Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches over southern Haiti, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 40 inches. High waves combined with excessive rainfall, hurricane-force winds and storm surges could cause extensive damage including flooding and landslides. Across eastern Jamaica, rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
No major assistance has been requested of the international community in Barbados, Colombia, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadine, or Venezuela where national authorities have managed the response