Hurricane Matthew slams into western Haiti with deadly waves Add to ..

October 4, 2016 11:42 AM

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The fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade ripped into Haiti’s southwestern peninsula early on Tuesday, packing 145 mile-per-hour (230 kph) winds and storm surges that killed at least one person and damaged homes.The eye of the violent Category 4 storm was just 35 miles off the western tip of Haiti at 5 a.m EDT, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, pounding coastal villages with strong gusts.

One man died when a wave crashed through his home in the beach town of Port Salut, Haiti’s civil protection service said. He had been too sick to leave for a shelter, officials said.

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