Hurricane Matthew: Category Four storm pounds Haiti

    Hurricane Matthew: Category Four storm pounds Haiti

    Oct.4, Port-au-Prince: One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent years has hit Haiti, bringing 145mph (230km/h) winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surges.

    Hurricane Matthew, a Category Four storm, made landfall at the south-western tip at about 11:00 GMT.

    The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Haiti was "getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them".

    Haiti's Interim President Jocelerme Privert said a number of people had been killed so far.

    Matthew is expected to bring up to 40in (102cm) of rain to some parts.

    Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries and many of its residents live in wooden or corrugated steel shacks in areas prone to flooding.

    The Oslo Times International News Network
    The NHC said the hurricane had already caused extensive damage and flooding in Haiti's south-west and was moving north at about 15km/h.