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Hurricane Matthew Moves into the Caribbean


PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on the Caribbean, displaying PDC Active Hazards, Tropical Cyclone Positions and Segments, and Estimated Wind Impacts (TAOS Model) layers.

Since forming on September 28 near Barbados, Hurricane Matthew has moved into the Caribbean Sea, and is expected to kick up surf along the coasts of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Venezuela, and Colombia over the next few days (NASA, NHC Advisory #6A). As of September 29 (2000 AST), Matthew is located about 150 miles north-northeast of Curaçao with maximum sustained winds at 75 miles per hour.

Hurricane Matthew is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours before turning toward Jamaica and Haiti (NHC, ECHO). A Severe Weather Alert has been continued in Jamaica, while the national Meteorological Service has issued a warning to boaters to complete storm preparations ahead of Matthew’s arrival and stay alert for evacuation notices (Jamaica MetService).

PDC is closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew as it moves toward the central Caribbean, and will provide decision support and situational awareness products for the duration of the event. Keep up with the latest information via PDC’s Global Hazards Atlas, or with the Disaster Alert mobile application. If you are an emergency manager or humanitarian assistance practitioner and would like access to PDC’s Emergency Operations (EMOPS) platform, click here for more information.

RVA Country Profile: Jamaica

This Week in Hazards

  • When Typhoon Megi made landfall in Taiwan on September 27, it became the third major typhoon to affect Taiwan in the last two weeks, following Super Typhoon Meranti and Typhoon Malakas (PDC Weather Wall, NASA EO). Megi left more than three million households without power, and an estimated 72,000 without water, as it impacted the island (Reuters). On September 28, Megi made a second landfall in Hui’an County in China’s Fujian Province, bringing heavy rainfall that triggered flooding and landslides (CMA, ReliefWeb)
  • More than twenty wildfires are actively burning through parts of California, United States (InciWeb). In Santa Clara County, the Loma Fire (which flared up earlier this week) has burned through more than 3,800 acres and is threatening 325 structures in the area (CalFire).

Current Hazard Warnings

Tropical Cyclone: Matthew (Caribbean Sea)

Flood: Australia (Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland), United States (Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin), Niger, Nigeria, Scotland, England

Landslide: China (Zhejiang)

Wildfire: United States (California), Mexico (Yucatan)

Earthquake: Fiji

Drought: United States (Western, Southern, Northeastern), Bolivia (Northern)

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