A boy looks at homes destroyed by Hurricane Matthew are seen in Jeremie, in western Haiti, on October 7, 2016. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL
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Hurricane Matthew killed almost 900 people and left tens of thousands homeless in Haiti earlier this week before plowing northward Saturday over waters just off the U.S. southeast where it caused flooding and widespread power outages.Matthew triggered mass evacuations along the U.S. coast from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina.Matthew smashed through Haiti's western peninsula Tuesday with 145 mile-per-hour (233 kph) winds and torrential rain. Some 61,500 people were in shelters, officials said, after the storm pushed the sea into fragile coastal villages, some of which were only now being contacted.Matthew sideswiped Florida's coast with winds of up to 120 mph (195 kph) but did not make landfall in the state. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded the storm to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity as its sustained winds dropped to 110 mph. There were at least four storm-related deaths in Florida but no immediate reports of significant damage in cities and towns where the storm swamped streets, toppled trees and knocked out power to more than 1 million people.Though gradually weakening, it was forecast to remain a hurricane until it begins moving away from the U.S. Southeast Sunday, the NHC said.
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