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Hurricane Matthew could devastate Haiti, track up Eastern Seaboard

Hurricane Matthew could devastate Haiti, track up Eastern Seaboard

Hurricane Matthew is forecast to pound Haiti with winds of up to 130 mph and as much as 40 inches of rain, potentially heading up the Eastern Seaboard after tearing through the Caribbean.

The storm was about 280 miles from Port Au Prince, Haiti, and 220 miles from Kingston, Jamaica, as of Monday morning. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Haiti, Jamaica, eastern Cuba and parts of the Bahamas.

Rainfall surpassing a foot across those islands "will likely produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the National Hurricane Center warned.

Matthew is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history and briefly reached the top...

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