Category 4 Hurricane Matthew shows no signs of weakening as it roars towards the Caribbean, where it is expected to make landfall today.
NOAA’s GOES-East satellite on Oct. 2 at 4:45 a.m. EDT showed Hurricane Matthew’s clear eye as the storm moved through the south central Caribbean Sea. NASA / NOAA GOES Project
The storm is the most powerful to form in the Atlantic in almost a decade, and has prompted the evacuation of all non-essential personnel from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. With forecasts of up to 40 inches of rain in some areas, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic face the threat of up to 11-foot storm surges, flash floods and mudslides .
The hurricane could pose a threat to the East Coast of the U.S. by week’s end.
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