DISCUSSION: As Hurricane Matthew gets closer to its first possible landfall in western Haiti, people are leaping into action now to make necessary preparations for this dangerous tropical cyclone. Although Matthew remains to be a very strong Category 4 hurricane as of the current time, another major threat from Matthew will be the copious amounts of rainfall being projected across the islands of Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba. The primary concern revolves around the fact that all of these islands have substantial percentages of mountainous terrain which will make for a very dangerous precedent in terms of threat for mudslides and/or landslides as the rain continues to increase in intensity with time across these countries. Attached above is a graphic (courtesy of Meteorologists Michel Davison and Dr. Jose Galvez from the NWS Weather Prediction Center), depicting the currently projected rainfall totals across the primary regions expected to experience impacts from the gradually approaching circulation of Hurricane Matthew! Thank you to Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli for posting this content and partnering/collaborating with our staff at GWCC!
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