Hurricane Matthew: one dead, one missing in Haiti

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Haiti, Jamaica prepare for powerful Hurricane Matthew

Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Hurricane Matthew has left one person dead and another missing in Haiti, officials said Monday, as it churns through the Caribbean as the worst storm in nearly a decade.

A boat with three fishermen capsized Friday off the coast of southern Haiti. Two managed to make it ashore but the body of the other was found later, civil protection authorities said.

Another boat was broken up by rough seas off the same coast Sunday. Three people were rescued but the fourth is missing.

As Haiti, Jamaica and other Caribbean nations gird for the Category 4 hurricane, Haitian authorities declared a halt to all maritime activities Saturday afternoon.

Forecasters say Matthew is the most powerful storm in the Caribbean since Hurricane Felix in 2007.

The US National Hurricane Center has forecast storm surges of up to three meters (10 feet) off Haiti's southern coast.