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10/06/2016

Disaster Response in Haiti and Tracking Matthew as it Nears US

A picture is worth 1000 words and these 15 aerial photos below have left me speechless. They were taken in Haiti by The Mission Aviation Fellowship. According to CNN, Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 113 people in three Caribbean countries. 108 of those were in Haiti.

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Photo Credit: Tim Schandorff, Courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship

Mission Aviation Fellowship or MAF is an christian aircraft organization that brings medical supplies and technological services to some of the hardest to reach locations. MAF was able to do a 6 hour assessment along the southern coast of Haiti. Regarding what they saw on the flight, pilot Michael Broyles said, “From Zanglais west is bad. The worst of the devastation is Port Salut west to Dame Marie. Jeremie is close behind, and then Cayes. Decimated in each area. Lots of work to be done. A major long term concern is the complete loss of gardens in these areas. Food is already scarce.” MAF says they have been receiving a lot of inquiries from supporters who want to give toward the disaster response work. If you wish to help out you can do so here: MAF

TRACKING MATTHEW:

Hurricane Warnings have been issued along the entire eastern coast of Florida and Georgia as well as portions of South Carolina & a watch then extends further north in SC.

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More than 2 million people have been urged to leave their homes in coastal Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as Matthew strengthens. This afternoon the pressure decreased and the sustained wind speeds increased to 140 mph. Making it a category 4 storm once again. There is some good news, there has been a slight shift north. However, with the eye of the storm expected to stay off shore, it can remain a major hurricane while devastating the US coast. Proximity to land is still subject to change and the difference of just a few miles could make a HUGE difference in the impacts. Authorities and residents are preparing for worst case scenario, which would be category 4 wind speeds along the coast. 

A portion of the NHC Discussion from this afternoon is below: 

When a hurricane is forecast to take a track roughly parallel
to a coastline, as Matthew is forecast to do from Florida through
South Carolina, it becomes very difficult to specify impacts at
any one location.  Only a small deviation of the track
to the left of the NHC forecast could bring the core of a major
hurricane onshore within the hurricane warning area in Florida and
Georgia.  Modest deviations to the right could keep much of the
hurricane-force winds offshore.  Similarly large variations in
impacts are possible in the hurricane watch and warning areas in
northeast Georgia and South Carolina.

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Rick will continue to track Matthew on WDRB this evening as it slowly moves closer to the US. Be sure to tune into the news then. Also he will have the local forecast as well. The whole WDRB weather team is keeping an eye on the hurricane on social media as well. The links to my pages are below. 

Katie McGraw's Facebook Page

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  -Meteorologist Katie McGraw

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