Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report No. 1, as of 3 October 2016 – (1700 hours EST)

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 03 Oct 2016

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners and with inputs from official institutions. It covers the period from 2 to 3 October 2016 at 1700 hours EST. The next report will be published on 4 October 2016 at 1700.

Highlights

  • Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Haiti by Monday evening 3 October or early morning Tuesday 4 October.

  • High waves combined with excessive rainfall, hurricane-force winds and storm surges could cause extensive damage, primarily in coastal areas.

  • United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams have arrived in Jamaica and Haiti and are supporting national efforts.

  • The National Emergency Operations Centres (COE) are active in countries including Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica. They remain on alert.

300,000 People in Haiti to be immediately assisted. Half of the population is expected to be affected.

Source: Directorate of Civil Protection

601,241 People in shelters (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba)

340,000 People in 1,300 emergency shelters in Haiti

251,795 People in some 218 shelters in Cuba, most of them with families or friends

900 People in shelters in Jamaica

73,000 People affected in Colombia

Overview

As of 1100 EST on 3 October, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew was some 330 km south-east from Kingston (Jamaica) and 440 km south-west from Port-au-Prince (Haiti) in the Caribbean Sea, moving north-west at 9 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA). Hurricane-force winds extend outwards up to 55 km from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outwards up to 295 km.

Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Haiti and Jamaica during the night of Monday 3 October or early morning on Tuesday 4 October. Of primary concern are potentially catastrophic impacts on Haiti, including wave heights of greater than 16 metres off its southern peninsula and storm surges of 7 to 10 feet on the south coast. Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches over southern Haiti, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 40 inches. High waves combined with excessive rainfall, hurricane-force winds and storm surges could cause extensive damage including flooding and landslides. Across eastern Jamaica, rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

No major assistance has been requested of the international community in Barbados, Colombia, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadine, or Venezuela where national authorities have managed the response.

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