Like so many states across the Caribbean and the south-eastern region of the United States, Jamaica has experienced the torment of Hurricane Matthew. A seriously weird; late season storm, Matthew has managed to both give fair warning and surprise us! A lot of the countries affected have not seen a storm of this magnitude in many decades, and some were unable to adequately prepare.
Reaching up to a category 5 storm, winds sustained at 150 mph, an apparent double eye and a strut as slow as 5 mph. Matthews irregular dance made its exact path indiscernible until the last moment. Fear and anxs seems to travel ahead of the storm, while the entire world pays attention.
Due to Hurricane Matthew’s irregular path, Jamaica was speared from any real hurricane conditions. There were tropical force conditions, some flash flooding, houses were damaged, some crops were lost, but not a single soul perished. The same cannot be said for all the other affected nations. Matthew continues its sweep across the entire region causing devastation and deaths in
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines – 1 fatality
- Columbia – 1 fatality
- United States – 4 fatalities
- Haiti – nearing 900 fatalities
and is still battering the south eastern US states. Jamaica, Cuba, Dominica Republic and The Bahamas were also seriously affected.
Our thoughts are with the people that have lost, be-it livelihood or belongings, or most importantly human lives. We hope that these wounds will soon heal. We call on the world to render there solidarity with people who have lost in this way. It is times like these we remember that one event can shape the lives of many, across great distance.
For more on Hurricane Matthew or its projected return to the Caribbean, check out our IslandRiches Youtube channel.