Hurricane Matthew Barrels Through Bahamas After Killing 108 in Haiti

Jason Brock (L) and Kevin Hunter put up hurricane shutters in front of a business as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on Oct. 6, 2016 in Delray Beach, United States.(PIX VOA)
Jason Brock (L) and Kevin Hunter put up hurricane shutters in front of a business as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on Oct. 6, 2016 in Delray Beach, United States.(PIX VOA)

Hurricane Matthew is pounding the Bahamas as it propels toward Florida, forcing residents and emergency workers there and in other southeastern U.S. states to hastily prepare for its arrival on Thursday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters early Thursday Matthew will likely maintain its Category 4 classification with sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour when it begins to hit the state later in the evening.

“Time is running out. There are no excuses. You need to leave,” Scott said as he ordered the evacuation of some 1.5 million people. “Unfortunately this is going to kill people,” Scott added, underscoring the seriousness of the emergency.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.