Hurricane Matthew Causes Destruction in Atlantic

by Matt Reimels

For the past 2 weeks North America has been hit by one of the worst storms the world has seen in decades: Hurricane Matthew.

This hurricane hit many areas where residents had few resources to prepare themselves for a large storm. Many frail housing was destroyed in the Caribbean, and many of the inhabitants were injured or killed protecting what little they had.

The storm started in the Atlantic. About three days after it was discovered, it became strong enough to be named Tropical Storm Matthew near the Windward Islands.

It became a hurricane when it reached the Eastern caribbean and caused major destruction to multiple islands. It reached its peak on  Sept. 30 into early Oct. 1.

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Hurricane Matthew over Haiti.

It reached Category 5 strength with 160 mph winds and as it moved west, it lessened in strength.

Hurricane Matthew then hit Haiti and eastern Cuba on Oct. 4 as a Category 4 hurricane, killing near 1,000 people and injuring many more.

Hurricane Matthew continued onward losing strength. However, Hurricane Matthew was still very dangerous especially to poor areas where they had little to protect themselves with.

Matthew struck the Bahamas Oct. 5-6 as a Category 3 and 4 hurricane. The southeastern United States was then hit hard by Hurricane Matthew as it moved to the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Matthew made its way to South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds before heading out to the Atlantic on October 9th.

For more information about Hurricane Matthew, check out https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-matthew-bahamas-florida-georgia-carolinas-forecast

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