October 31, 2016
The Caribbean Movement for Peace Integration (CMPI) extends our support and solidarity to Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba as they face hurricane Matthew and the potential disaster problems that it can create. The CMPI stands ready to join with other organisations in Barbados to assist the Governments and people of these countries with our solidarity.
Our Movement will monitor this hurricane and we will respond with action and solidarity. We are also very concerned about the Barbadian students in Jamaica, Bahamas and Cuba and will extend our support and solidarity to these students.
We must be concerned and ready to offer our solidarity
A Note on Hurricane Matthew
Source: CBS News
Matthew is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history and briefly reached the top classification, Category 5, becoming the strongest hurricane here since Felix in 2007.
The eye of the approaching Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph early Monday, was expected to pass to the east of Jamaica and then cross over or be very close to the southwestern tip of Haiti late Monday or early Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. It was predicted to hit the lightly populated eastern tip of Cuba on Tuesday afternoon.
Forecasters said as much as 40 inches of rain could fall on some isolated areas of Haiti, raising fears of deadly mudslides and floods in the heavily deforested country where many families live in flimsy houses with corrugated metal roofs.
After passing Jamaica and Haiti, Matthew is expected to reach Cuba late Monday, potentially making a direct hit on the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, where authorities said they were evacuating non-essential personnel, including about 700 family members of those serving there.