Hurricane Matthew – Situation Report No. 3, as of 5 October 2016
The full extent of the damage in Haiti following the passage of Hurricane Matthew will be assessed today, as the Government and the UN are planning initial assessments. Affected areas in south-west Haiti are effectively cut off, with communications disconnected and roads inaccessible due to flooding. Initial coordinated assessments are
being organized in the south-west, north-west and central coast (Artibonite).
The eye of the hurricane made landfall over Cuba on Tuesday night. Matthew may intensify again over the Bahamas and its warm waters. Hurricane conditions will diminish in Cuba, continue over the south-eastern Bahamas, and then spread over the central Bahamas later today and north-western Bahamas tonight.
High waves combined with excessive rainfall, hurricane-force winds and a storm surge could cause extensive damage, including flooding and landslides, in southern and north-western Haiti, the south-western Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba. An additional high storm surge of 4 to 5 m in western Bahamas and 5 to 6 m in northern Bahamas might create dangerous conditions for the rather flat islands.