Source: Wunder Ground
Less than 12 hours after Tropical Storm Matthew formed, one person was killed by the effects of the cyclone in St. Vincent.
According to St. Lucia News Online, the victim was a teenager who was trapped against a house by a boulder that was dislodged by the storm. Additional information about the incident was not immediately available.
The National Emergency Management Organization of St. Vincent told the Associated Press that 90 people were moved into emergency shelters because their homes were in low-lying areas that were expected to flood.
In Martinique, 20,000 homes were without electricity because of fallen trees, according to Martinique TV1. Schools closed, flights were canceled and public transportation was halted as the storm begins to thrash the island.
On Tuesday, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) met with the Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group (ECDPG) to prepare for impacts.
Power outages are being reported in areas of Barbados. Acting Director of the Department of Emergency Management Kerry Hinds and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite confirmed that several areas across the island had suffered power outages due to the storm, according to Barbados Nation.
“The Barbados Light and Power has indicated that there is electricity out in the Oistins and Maxwell area. Duke’s feeder, which covers part of the St Thomas and St Joseph area, those are out as well,” Hinds told reporters.
Government offices, schools and businesses in Dominica and St Lucia have been ordered shut down, reports Barbados Today.
“We want to advise people to stay home as much as possible so as not to be exposed to the possible hazards out there. Be safe everyone and let us all pray for better weather conditions,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told the AP.