KINGSTON, Jamaica - Hurricane Matthew which was earlier regarded a Category 5 storm has now been updated to a Category 4 storm as it makes its way towards Haiti and Jamaica.
In both the regions, preparations are being made to defend against the strongest mega-hurricane in nine years.
causing the residents to stock up on daily necessities of life. The authorities have prompted an evacuation in some areas.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center based in Miami, the hurricane fell from its peak of 260km/h to 240km/h.
The hurricane tormenting the Atlantis has been called the strongest since Felix in 2009 by the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
According to forecasters, the hurricane is said to pass over the eastern region of Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday with rainfall level ranging from 25 cm to 38 cm, with a maximum of 63 cm.
Officials have been broadcasting alerts in Haiti and have said that the country could be “highly threatened.” Families have been prompted to keep handy emergency food and water.
The Emergency management authorities have banned boating, especially in the country’s southern coast.
The possibility of a hurricane in Jamaica has also led the authorities to close the road that connects to the airport.
Civilians in Port Royal were requested to seek shelter at government shelters that opened on Sunday.
After crossing Haiti and Jamaica, hurricane Matthew is expected to make its way to Cuba and the alert led U.S. to evacuate families living in the Guantanamo Navy base.
Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman at the hurricane center has warned, “It's too early to rule out what impacts, if any, would occur in the United States and Florida.”